Greenlining Briefing Explaining the Importance of LifeLine Phone Service

This document is an extensive brief that Greenlining, TURN, CforAT, and NCLC filed in the LifeLine proceeding.  It explains that low-cost telephone service is critical to low-income Californians, and argues for robust requirements for LifeLine service to ensure that low-income consumers, people of color, limited and non-English speakers, and individuals with disabilities have access to dependable phone service regardless of the technology used. Click here to read the document.

Greenlining Federal Comment to CFPB for Integrating Financial Coaching into Service Delivery

This document is the comments from the Greenlining Institute to the CFFB regarding the training and helping of veterans and economically vulnerable consumers. Greenlining hopes this comment will help widen the group of people who are helped and increase the financial wisdom and wealth of veterans and low income consumers.  You can read the document here.

Greenlining Comments on Financing Energy Efficiency Pilot Projects Across California

The Greenlining Institutes’ Environmental Equity team seeks to advance a healthy environment and renewable energy for all of California’s low income communities.  These documents represent the opening comments and reply about recommendations to the CPUC on innovative energy efficiency financing pilots to expand access to affordable capital for California’s residents and businesses.

 

To read the opening recommendations, click here.

To read the reply comments to the CPUC about the recommendations, click here.

Greenlining Public Comment to the FDIC on PacWest Applicaton to Merge

Greenlining believes that until PacWest submits a formal plan for enhancing its community development and small business lending, the application to merge should be denied. PacWest’s CRA record pales in comparison to CapitalSource Bank’s history of outstanding service to the community. As Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry recently stated, “satisfactory won’t cut it at big banks.”

For too long, banks have been checking their regulatory boxes by meeting minimum or below minimum standards to meet their CRA requirement. The FDIC and Federal Reserve must set a precedent that mediocre lending, service, and investments to the community will impede all mergers and acquisitions.

Finally, regulators must not solely rely on written comments for mergers and acquisitions. It is imperative that the community have a voice in how these banks will impact their community. We are therefore asking that regulators include opportunities for public hearings by the community as part of the merger process.

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Greenlining’s Petition to Deny AT&T and Leap Merger to the FCC

This Petition to Deny asks the FCC to reject AT&T’s request to purchase Leap Wireless, because the transaction has the potential to harm low-income consumers and consumers from communities of color. Cricket serves a primarily lower-income, more diverse customer base than AT&T does, including the San Diego area and Central Valley here in CA, and if Leap disappeared from the market, those customers would have to seek service elsewhere at likely higher prices than what they are paying now.

To read the petition, click here.

Greenlining Federal Comment to NCUA for Minority Depository Institution Preservation Program

Description: This document is The Greenlining Institute’s federal comment to the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) regarding their Minority Depository Institution Preservation Program. Greenlining supports the NCUA’s goal of creating this program to help support and strengthen credit unions serving communities of color. These comments contain suggestions on how this program can more effectively operate.

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Greenlining Comment to QRM Rule to Federal Agencies

Greenlining filed a public comment in response to the six agencies’ (OCC, FDIC, FHFA, SEC, HUD, and the Federal Reserve) proposed rules for risk retention under Section 941 of the Dodd Frank Act. Risk retention requires financial firms to keep “skin in the game” by retaining 5% of the credit risk when they sell loans to investors, which encourages responsible lending. Qualified Residential Mortgages (QRM) are exempt from this requirement because they contain terms and practices that the agencies have determined are less likely to end in default. Greenlining urged the six agencies to use the existing Qualified Mortgage (QM) definition for QRM, while strongly rejecting the “QRM-Plus” proposal as unnecessarily restricting access to credit.
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Greenlining Urges OMWIs to Extend Period for Public Comment on Proposed Interagency Policy Statement

The Greenlining Institute sent a request to urge the Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion to extend the period for public comment on the proposed interagency policy statement, which closes on December 24, 2013. In order to ensure that public comments are as effective and efficient as possible, it is important that the public is given an appropriate amount of time to conduct their own research and provide feedback. The Greenlining Institute has requested an extension of 45 days to the current comment period.

To read the comments and requests, click here.

Greenlining and Allies File Comment Supporting HUD’s Continued Housing Discrimination Data Collection

The Greenlining Institute, together with Consumer Action, Demos, Empire Justice Center, National Fair Housing Alliance, National Consumer Law Center (on behalf of its low-income clients), National Council of La Raza, and Woodstock Institute, filed this public comment with the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Currently, those injured by a discriminatory housing practice may file a complaint with HUD within a year after the discrimination through a form offered by HUD. We urged HUD to continue to collect data through the Form, offered in different languages, and in paper and electronic format, as an important procedure that helps protect underserved communities from housing discrimination.

To read the comment, Click Here.