Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Community Reinvestment Act Regulations

August 5, 2022

The African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs (the Alliance) appreciates the opportunity to comment on Docket ID OCC-2022-0002, the “Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act Regulatory Framework,” the most comprehensive update to the CRA regulation and exams since 1995. As financial leaders directly serving diverse communities, the Alliance is a membership-driven intermediary organization of over 64 Black-led CDFIs that aims to: build the capacity of member organizations; build bridges to economic stability, well- being, and wealth for Black individuals, families, and communities; and build power in Black communities by challenging and influencing financial sectors to operate more equitably.

Since it was enacted in 1977, CRA has been one of the most impactful federal policies for affordable housing and community development financing. Between 2009 and 2020, banks have made more than $2.58 trillion in home loans to low- and moderate-income (LMI) borrowers or in LMI census tracts and $856 billion in loans to small businesses with revenues under $1 million.1 The latest CRA regulatory proposal builds upon this progress and the Alliance believes the following reforms will be instrumental in meeting the CRA’s goal of meeting the credit needs of LMI communities.