ABA: New Webpage Launched Highlighting Programs Designed to Improve Access to Capital for Underserved Small Businesses

The American Bankers Association today launched a new webpage providing information on special purpose credit programs (SPCPs) and highlighting the role they can play in meeting the credit needs of economically disadvantaged small businesses. In support of the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency’s Project REACh, ABA is making this online resource […]

HUD: FHA Seeks Input to Enhance Financing for Homes in Need of Rehabilitation

Request for Information published today seeks industry input on ways to enhance FHA’s 203(k) Rehabilitation Mortgage Insurance Program to support housing supply and affordability. Today, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) published a Request for Information in the Federal Register seeking public comments on ways it can enhance its Single Family 203(k) Rehabilitation […]

CFPB: New Report Finds One-Third Decline in Collections Items on Consumer Credit Reports

Report underscores ongoing concerns about accuracy of collections data, particularly with respect to medical debt Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released a report examining trends in credit reporting of debt in collections from 2018 to 2022. The report found the total number of collections tradelines on credit reports […]

HUD: Major Milestone Achieved in Assisting Nearly 2 Million Homeowners Stay in Their Homes

FHA foreclosure avoidance options have been expanded and extended Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Marcia L. Fudge announced that, thanks to Federal Housing Administration (FHA) programs, approximately 2 million homeowners with FHA mortgages were able to stay in their homes from the beginning of […]

ABA: Association Offers Congressional Testimony on Strength of Banking Industry

FirstBank CEO Jim Reuter appears on behalf of ABA members before House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy The American Bankers Association today provided testimony to the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Monetary Policy on the banking industry’s public policy priorities, new initiatives to foster innovation […]

CFPB: New Guidance Issued to Protect Mortgage Borrowers from Pay-to-Play Digital Comparison-Shopping Platforms

Financial arrangements that influence or manipulate search results are illegal Today, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) issued an advisory opinion to protect Americans from double dealing on digital mortgage comparison-shopping platforms. Companies operating these digital platforms appear to shoppers as if they provide objective lender comparisons, but may illegally […]

FDIC: Update on Supervisory Approach Regarding Changes to HMDA’s Closed-End Mortgage Loan Volume Reporting Threshold

The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) is issuing this Financial Institution Letter to inform supervised institutions of recent changes regarding the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) reporting threshold for closed-end mortgage loans and the FDIC’s supervisory approach for enforcing related requirements. For FDIC-supervised institutions that meet Regulation C’s coverage requirements, […]

FEMA: Twenty Tribes and All Inhabited U.S. Territories Now Eligible for FEMA’s Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund Grant Program

FEMA is expanding the eligibility for a new grant program that provides capitalization grants to fund revolving loans for resilience-related activities. The Safeguarding Tomorrow Revolving Loan Fund grant program has been expanded to give insular areas the same eligibility to apply as states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. This means […]