Huntington Bank and National Community Reinvestment Coalition Announce $16.1 Billion Community Development Plan

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — Today, in an agreement reached with the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and its community-based members and allies across the Midwest, Huntington Bancshares Inc. announced a commitment of $16.1 billion for community development, including lending and investments, over a five-year period.

Huntington’s Community Development Plan, set to begin in 2017, includes mortgage and small business lending in low- and moderate-income (LMI) communities, community development lending and investments, a philanthropy program, and other services to increase access to financial services in LMI communities and communities of color, such as 10 new branch locations across its footprint.

“We commend Huntington for working with local community advocates to reach an agreement that will help many people in working class communities and communities of color build wealth,” said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. “This plan lays out activities that will produce the kind of significant public benefit that needs to be created when banking institutions merge. Commitments like this are only possible with strong leadership from the highest levels of institutions, and we applaud Huntington Chairman, President and CEO Stephen Steinour for his leadership in this process.”

“With the merger of FirstMerit into Huntington, we think it is important to share our intentions in continuing to provide exceptional support and service to the communities where we live and work,” said Stephen D. Steinour, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Huntington. “The strength and vitality of these communities and the people we serve are integral to our shared future. Huntington has a 150-year track record of investing in our communities and we will continue to do so as we expand.”

“I commend NCRC and all of its members in Ohio for successfully working on a plan to invest in our state’s cities and neighborhoods,” said U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown. “These community organizations are strong and effective advocates for the people and communities that they represent.”

The commitment covers locations in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania and West Virginia that will be part of Huntington’s extended footprint as part of its merger with FirstMerit Corporation, and was reached following meetings with NCRC and over 100 community-based organizations.

The Community Development Plan will:

  • Fund $5.7 billion in single-family mortgage lending in low- to moderate-income areas.
  • Fund $6.6 billion in small business lending including within low- to moderate-income areas.
  • Fund $3.7 billion in community development lending and investment targeting affordable housing access and community-based loan funds.
  • Fund $25 million of additional grants and philanthropy primarily targeting housing and small business credit service access.
  • Create $30 million in further economic impact through support including new branch locations within low- to moderate-income areas and/or majority minority areas; the addition of dedicated community mortgage loan officers; and the formation of a dedicated mortgage processing team to handle unique underwriting opportunities.

“Huntington Bank’s commitment to Northeast Ohio is fortified with today’s announced agreement,” stated Lou Tisler, Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland. “Huntington came to the table in good faith, with a focus on raising the bar of community responsibility and duty and succeeded.”

“We at Community Legal Aid are proud to have been part of this process and the progress it represents,” said Greg Sain, Staff Attorney/Litigation Coordinator at Community Legal Aid Services, Inc. “We look forward to the lending, investment, and banking services opportunities that this agreement with Huntington Bank represents for low- and moderate-income neighborhoods historically underserved in Akron and other affected communities in our service area.”

“PCRG commends Chairman, President and CEO Steven Steinour’s leadership for committing to a historic agreement that will bring enhanced benefits to Pittsburgh and other regions, and we look to this being standard protocol for other bank mergers to come,” said Ernie Hogan, Executive Director of Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group (PCRG).

“The Huntington Bank community benefits agreement is a recognition of the importance of reinvesting in low-income communities,” said Nate Coffman, Executive Director of Ohio CDC Association. “Their commitment is a strong step forward to address the challenges in underserved neighborhoods. Huntington’s comprehensive approach that ranges from increasing capital and mortgages in low-income communities, to support for housing counseling, to bolstering partnerships with CDCs and community groups is a blueprint to comprehensive investment.”

“The Human Relations Council is glad to be included in the process of advocating for additional resources for low- to moderate-income communities in Dayton, Ohio,” said Catherine Crosby, Executive Director of the City of Dayton Human Relations Council. “The resources provided through public benefit agreements increases access to capital and technical assistance to small businesses, leading to job creation and retention, non-profit social service support, affordable housing and many other opportunities to ensure community assets exist to stabilize vulnerable communities.”

“Banks are stabilizing neighborhood institutions and when our neighbors see institutions like Huntington say ‘yes’ to investing in their community it empowers them,” said Amelia Gibbon, Executive Director of the Friendly Center. “When individuals are looking for a home and they see institutions like Huntington they feel like it’s the right place to grow their family.”

“Far too often mergers and acquisitions result in less community investment and philanthropy in low- to moderate-income neighborhoods,” said Calvin L. Holmes, President of Chicago Community Loan Fund. “With this merger, Chicago residents will see an increase in investments and grants above what the two institutions were providing. This is a big win for Chicago and a clear demonstration of Huntington’s commitment to LMI neighborhoods.”

“Low- and moderate-income communities and communities of color in Michigan will benefit from Huntington’s commitment,” said Maryellen Lewis, Treasurer of the Financial Justice Coalition of Southeast Michigan. “Community organizations are looking forward to working with the bank to meet these goals. We are glad that Huntington used this plan to build on previous philanthropic commitments to the state.”

“This merger contributes to the continuing revitalization of Detroit through enhanced investment and by providing greater access to financial products and opportunities for residents and small businesses customized to their needs,” said Hector Hernandez, executive director of Southwest Economic Solutions. “I was impressed by the inclusive and transparent nature of the merger discussions and the receptiveness to ideas that Southwest Solutions and other organizations proposed based on our firsthand knowledge of the economic needs in our community.”

“The Huntington Bank agreement is going to help to rebuild Cincinnati’s minority neighborhoods which have been devastated by foreclosures and by lack of capital investment in these neighborhoods and small businesses,” said Barbara Busch, Executive Director of Working In Neighborhoods. “Through this agreement Huntington Bank has committed to provide Cincinnati with access to mortgage loans for minority borrowers. This can only be done through solid partnership with trusted nonprofits like NCRC and Working In Neighborhoods.”

NCRC members within Huntington’s existing and proposed expanded footprint that signed on to the five-year community development plan are:
Greater Akron
Akron Fair Housing Center
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Antioch Baptist Church
Catholic Commission of Summit County
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
L.I.N.K.S. Community and Family Services
Mustard Seed
Nazareth Housing Development Corporation
Greater Chicago
Accion Chicago
Chicago Community Loan Fund
Chicago Rehab Network
Community Service Council of Northern Will County
Northwest Side Housing Center
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
The Chicago Urban League
The Resurrection Project
Vision of Restoration
Woodstock Institute
Greater Cincinnati
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (inclusive of Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Miami Valley Urban League)
Working in Neighborhoods
Greater Cleveland
Breaking Chains Inc.
Burton, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
City of Cleveland
City of South Euclid
Cleveland Realtist Association
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Home Repair Resource Center
Lakewood Alive
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland
Ohio Fair Lending
Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio
Slavic Village Development
Union Miles Development Corporation
Village Capital Corporation
Greater Columbus
B.R.E.A.D.
Franklinton Development Association
Greater Linden Development Corporation
Homes on the Hill, CDC
IMPACT Community Action
Ohio CDC Association
Greater Dayton
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
City of Dayton Human Relations Council
Citywide Development Corporation
County Corp
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
The Omega Community Development Corporation
Greater Detroit
Bridging Communities
Chosen Journeys
Detroit Alliance for Fair Banking
Detroit Fair Housing Center
Detroit Non Profit Housing Corporation
Detroit People’s Platform
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Financial Justice Coalition of Southeast Michigan (Financial Justice Coalition SEM)
Neighborhood Service Organization
New Dawn Leadership
Southwest Economic Solutions
U-SNAP-BAC Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Greater Flint
Metro Community Development, Inc.
Greater Lansing
Michigan Community Reinvestment Coalition
Greater Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group
Greater Toledo
Adelante
Friendly Center
One Voice for East Toledo
Pathway Inc.
Salem United Methodist Church
Sylvania Avenue Neighbors
Toledoans United for Social Action
Toledo Fair Housing Center
United North Corporation

NCRC members within Huntington’s existing and proposed expanded footprint that signed on to the five-year community development plan are:

Greater Akron
Akron Fair Housing Center
Akron Summit Community Action, Inc.
Antioch Baptist Church
Catholic Commission of Summit County
Community Legal Aid Services, Inc.
L.I.N.K.S. Community and Family Services
Mustard Seed
Nazareth Housing Development Corporation

Greater Chicago
Accion Chicago
Chicago Community Loan Fund
Chicago Rehab Network
Community Service Council of Northern Will County
Northwest Side Housing Center
Oak Park Regional Housing Center
The Chicago Urban League
The Resurrection Project
Vision of Restoration
Woodstock Institute

Greater Cincinnati
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (inclusive of Greater Cincinnati Urban League and Miami Valley Urban League)
Working in Neighborhoods

Greater Cleveland
Breaking Chains Inc.
Burton, Bell, Carr Development, Inc.
City of Cleveland
City of South Euclid
Cleveland Realtist Association
Fairfax Renaissance Development Corporation
Home Repair Resource Center
Lakewood Alive
Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland
Ohio Fair Lending
Rebuilding Together Northeast Ohio
Slavic Village Development
Union Miles Development Corporation
Village Capital Corporation

Greater Columbus
B.R.E.A.D.
Franklinton Development Association
Greater Linden Development Corporation
Homes on the Hill, CDC
IMPACT Community Action
Ohio CDC Association

Greater Dayton
Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
City of Dayton Human Relations Council
Citywide Development Corporation
County Corp
Miami Valley Fair Housing Center
The Omega Community Development Corporation
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio (inclusive of Miami Valley Urban League and Greater Cincinnati Urban League)

Greater Detroit
Bridging Communities
Chosen Journeys
Detroit Alliance for Fair Banking
Detroit Fair Housing Center
Detroit Non Profit Housing Corporation
Detroit People’s Platform
Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization
Financial Justice Coalition of Southeast Michigan (Financial Justice Coalition SEM)
Neighborhood Service Organization
New Dawn Leadership
Southwest Economic Solutions
U-SNAP-BAC Non-Profit Housing Corporation

Greater Flint
Metro Community Development, Inc.

Greater Lansing
Michigan Community Reinvestment Coalition

Greater Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Community Reinvestment Group

Greater Toledo
Adelante
Friendly Center
One Voice for East Toledo
Pathway Inc.
Salem United Methodist Church
Sylvania Avenue Neighbors
Toledoans United for Social Action
Toledo Fair Housing Center
United North Corporation

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The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) was formed in 1990 by national, regional, and local organizations to develop and harness the collective energies of community reinvestment organizations from across the country so as to increase the flow of private capital into traditionally underserved communities. 

NCRC has grown to an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services including credit and savings, to create and sustain affordable housing, job development and vibrant communities for America's working families.

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