Community Lending

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Speakers from the Federal Reserve, FDIC, and OCC provide an overview of the interagency CRA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR). Watch on demand.
Grand Opening, Frogtown Square, 2011
By Jennifer Wilding
Experience Investment Connection—from pitch to impact—with small business owners, community organizers, and bankers, and the Federal Reserve community development experts bringing them together.
Cheryl Thomas, founder of C's Daycare
By Kierra Karemani
Banks partner with a community non-profit to help a small business owner upgrade and expand her child care facility.
Aquatic Therapy of Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA
By Kierra Karemani
CDFI helps two business owners in Philadelphia's Chinatown find a lifeline, and a partner, right in their own backyard.
Goodwill TulsaWorks
By Kierra Karemani
From job training and industry-recognized skills certificates to job placement services and financial literacy education, get to know one program helping low- and moderate-income residents of Oklahoma and southwest Missouri enter the workforce.
Pine Ridge Reservation
By Tawney Brunsch
"In our 35 years extending credit to Native communities, not once has a bank invested in our work. Instead, we’ve relied on CDFI Fund grants, foundations, and philanthropic investors," says Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Native CDFI Lakota Funds.
2021 CDFI Survey Key Findings
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff, Surekha Carpenter, Alexander Nikolov, Stephanie Norris, Alison Shott
From March 22 through May 14, 2021, the Federal Reserve fielded the 2021 CDFI Survey. Here's what 345 CDFIs said about their financial well-being throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, operational gaps and challenges, and effects on clients and communities they serve.
2021 CDFI Survey
By Christy Cleare
The Federal Reserve wants to hear about challenges facing Community Development Financial Institutions to help inform policy recommendations and programs. Take the 2021 CDFI survey March 22 – April 23, 2021.
Philadelphia Chinatown Gates
By Michelle Park Lazette
When the COVID-19 pandemic spread here, the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation used Paycheck Protection Program money to help residents and businesses. More support will be necessary.
Assisted Living
By Benjamin Horowitz
"Customers told us, 'You saved our businesses. You saved jobs. We wouldn't have made it if you guys weren't here and didn't walk us through this.'"