COVID-19

Two women stand behind a wooden coffee shop counter
By Mary Godleski-Cantin
Get to know how communities across the US are planning for an inclusive and resilient Main Street economic recovery.
Black owned business sign on storefront
By Gabriella Chiarenza
Automated underwriting processes used by some lenders may have reduced racial disparities in accessing the Paycheck Protection Program.
By Heidi Kaplan
Workforce development and job service entities experienced the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, with almost all reporting disruptions in 2021. Here's what survey data tells us.
Perspectives from Main Street
By Nishesh Chalise, Violeta Gutkowski
The spread of COVID-19 and the many efforts to slow it are impacting communities throughout the nation. To best respond to this crisis, information is needed about the scope and scale of challenges in various communities. This report offers findings of a survey designed to collect information on the effects of COVID-19 on low- to moderate-income people and communities and the entities serving them. The survey was fielded by eight national partners and the Federal Reserve System's community development function.
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.
Green single family home with red steps
By Fed Communities Staff
When making decisions about distributing emergency pandemic-relief funds to distressed homeowners, state officials are using a new tool to identify where those funds are needed most.
Eviction Notice
By Jennifer Wilding
A growing number of states and cities have passed laws that say low-income tenants have the right to counsel when they’re facing eviction. Most come with funds to implement the right to counsel. 
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.
Masked man sits outside closed business
By Fed Communities Staff
Minority small-business owners and community lenders joined us for a virtual event to discuss where they are at this stage of the pandemic, what they need going forward, and who can and should help. Watch on demand.
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.