NCRC Makes Recommendations to Improve Performance Context Analysis in Community Reinvestment Act Exams

NCRC Makes Recommendations to Improve Performance Context Analysis in Community Reinvestment Act Exams

Washington, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — The National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released a white paper describing the importance of Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) exam performance context analysis, reviewing current implementation of the analysis, and prescribing improvements. The paper, “CRA Performance Context: Why it is Importance for Community Development and How to Improve it,” shows that current performance context analyses do an unsatisfactory job determining the housing and economic conditions of a community, and often do not adequately solicit the community’s residents about their financial services needs.

This can lead to inaccurate measurements of how well banks are meeting a community’s credit needs, and contribute to CRA exam grade inflation.

“In recent years, 98% of banks have passed their CRA exams,” said NCRC President and CEO John Taylor. “I wish we lived in a world in which that many banks were doing a satisfactory job meeting the needs of their communities, but in too many neighborhoods across America that is simply not the reality. This grade inflation is one indication that our regulatory system ‘Needs-to-Improve’ the performance context analysis, and interact more with community residents to gather their input on local credit needs.”

The paper offers suggestions for performance context measures and recommendations for banking regulators, community groups, and bankers to improve the analysis.

The white paper can be read here. An infographic on CRA grade inflation can be found here.

Source: NCRC


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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