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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Housing & Lending

Shelter is a basic human need - and homeownership is a basic key to financial viability. Some of the civil rights issues we look at here are predatory lending, fair housing laws, and homelessness.

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Reaching Low Income Communities of Color on Real Finances

November 19, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Earlier this year, The Leadership Conference Education Fund, working with the Asset Building Policy Network (ABPN) and brilliant corners Research & Strategies, undertook a public opinion research project aimed at improving the way we talk with communities of color about issues of financial health. Through a series of focus groups and polling, much of the findings were sobering – and not very surprising.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition: Julian Castro an “Outstanding Choice” for HUD Secretary

June 19, 2014 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

On June 17, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights expressed vigorous support for the confirmation of San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro to be the next Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) in a letter to the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. President Obama nominated Castro last month.

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CFPB Introduces New Mortgage Rules

January 14, 2014 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) on Friday introduced mortgage rules promising new rights for borrowers and greater protection from harmful practices. The new category of mortgages – termed a “qualified mortgage” – comes free of risky features and is made based on a borrower’s ability to repay over the course of many years – not just initially when low interest rates keep payments affordable.

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Senate Confirms Watt to Head FHFA

December 10, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Senate voted 57-41 on Tuesday to confirm Congressman Mel Watt as director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), a position that oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration.

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CFPB Now Accepting Payday Loan Complaints

November 14, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

Last week, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) began accepting complaints from borrowers who encounter issues with payday loans.

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Civil and Human Rights Coalition Files Amicus Brief in Fair Housing Case

November 4, 2013 - Posted by Patrick McNeil

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights filed an amicus brief last week in the Township of Mount Holly v. Mt. Holly Gardens Citizens in Action, Inc. case regarding the use of disparate impact theory under the Fair Housing Act (FHA), which the Supreme Court will hear on December 4, 2013.

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Civil Rights Coalition: Appointment of Cordray Is the ‘Right Choice’ for Financial Consumers

January 4, 2012 - Posted by Ron Bigler

Faced with ongoing obstruction by Senate Republicans against the confirmation of qualified nominees, President Obama today made a recess appointment of Richard Cordray to lead the newly created Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).

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Senate Obstructionists Block Obama Nominees for Financial Protection Agency, DC Circuit Court

December 9, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The U.S. Senate this week failed to move forward on votes to confirm two high-profile Obama administration appointees. The nominations of both Caitlin Halligan to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia and Richard Cordray to be the first director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) failed to get the 60 votes needed to overcome Republican-led filibusters and allow for up-or-down confirmation votes.

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Richard Cordray’s Nomination to Head CFPB Advances

October 6, 2011 - Posted by Tyler Lewis

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-10 today to send Richard Cordray's nomination to head the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to the full Senate for consideration.

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Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Pass Jobs Act, Help Homeowners

September 14, 2011 - Posted by Ron Bigler

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is calling on Congress to pass "strong, bipartisan proposals" contained in the American Jobs Act, provide help to struggling homeowners, and preserve recently-enacted consumer financial protections.

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