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File #: 19-0151R    Version: 0 Name: Informational Hearing - Community Reinvestment Act
Type: City Council Resolution Status: Failed - End of Term
File created: 4/22/2019 In control: Taxation, Finance and Economic Development Committee
On agenda: Final action: 12/7/2020
Enactment #:
Title: Informational Hearing - Community Reinvestment Act For the purpose of inviting the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development and representatives of the community banking programs at PNC, Capital One, BB&T, M&T, Citibank, and Wells Fargo to describe how the requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act are being met in Baltimore City.
Sponsors: Robert Stokes, Sr., Sharon Green Middleton, Bill Henry, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Brandon M. Scott, Eric T. Costello, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Ryan Dorsey, Zeke Cohen, Kristerfer Burnett, Mary Pat Clarke, Edward Reisinger, John T. Bullock, Shannon Sneed
Indexes: Informational Hearing
Attachments: 1. 19-0151R~1st Reader, 2. Law 19-0151R
* Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.
The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.
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City of Baltimore
Council Bill R
(Resolution)

Introduced by: Councilmember Stokes


A Resolution Entitled

A Council Resolution concerning
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Informational Hearing - Community Reinvestment Act
For the purpose of inviting the Commissioner of the Department of Housing and Community Development and representatives of the community banking programs at PNC, Capital One, BB&T, M&T, Citibank, and Wells Fargo to describe how the requirements of the Community Reinvestment Act are being met in Baltimore City.
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The Community Reinvestment Act (“CRA”) was enacted in 1977 to end the practice of “redlining” by financial institutions. The Act aims to provide low-and-moderate income communities and any communities with large minority populations with financial services that they could not access in the past, such as mortgages and business loans.

The CRA established a regulatory regime for monitoring the level of lending, investments, and services in areas traditionally underserved by lending institutions, specifically low-and-moderate income communities and any communities with large minority populations. If a financial institution does not serve low and moderate income communities and/or communities with large minority populations, among other things regulatory agencies can delay or deny that institution’s request to merge with another lender, open another branch, or expand any of its services. While the CRA has provided tremendous benefits to the relevant communities, it has...

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