Brooklyn Daily Eagle — A new report released by New York Attorney General Letitia James exposes profound systemic racism within New York’s housing market that causes disparities in homeownership rates and mortgage lending practices, revealing a system that has failed communities of color for decades.
New York Attorney General Letitia James released a new report today detailing deep racial disparities in homeownership and access to home financing across the state. Among the report’s top findings is a stark racial gap in homeownership rates in every region in New York, with white households owning their homes at nearly double the rate of households of color. These disparities are a significant contributor to the racial wealth gap and result in higher housing costs for homebuyers of color, making it harder for communities of color to build lasting financial security and overcome decades of systemic discrimination in the housing market. The report also offers policy proposals to help close the homeownership gap.
The City — Mayor Eric Adams and Comptroller Brad Lander are facing calls from progressive advocates to cut off Wells Fargo’s ability to hold municipal deposits following allegations of racial discrimination.
This afternoon the NYS Community Equity Agenda, a coalition of more than 40 community, labor, and civil rights groups, cooperative organizations, and community development financial institutions from across New York, released its policy priorities for 2022.
Daily News — Families and businesses in southeast Queens are being shunned by the banking system, possibly in violation of federal law. And that makes Rep. Gregory Meeks furious.
My testimony today is informed by more than two decades of work with low-income New Yorkers and community groups to challenge systemic discrimination by Wall Street banks and other financial corporations, and to support responsible, cooperative, and community development finance.
New York Daily News — New Yorkers can bank on these companies to do the wrong thing, advocates say.
The six “Worst Banks of 2019” got awards for bad behavior during an inaugural shaming ceremony held Tuesday by a coalition pushing for the creation of a New York City public bank.
El diario — El martes se celebró una ceremonia para premiar a los “peores bancos” de Nueva York. No fue una fiesta sino el escenario en el que una docena de grupos comunitarios volvieron a insistir en la necesidad de que se cree un banco municipal en el que se deposite el dinero de la ciudad y a la vez se invierta en necesidades de los ciudadanos.
City Limits, Op-ed by Yuh-Line Niou and Maureen Genna — A Bloomberg report this month showed that the largest banks in the U.S., led by JPMorgan Chase, are closing branches rapidly in poor neighborhoods, even as they open new ones in affluent communities. In other news: water is wet.
Testimony in support of Intro. 1281, sponsored by Council Member Ritchie Torres, prohibiting retail establishments from refusing to accept payments in cash.