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Federal agencies issue FAQs covering CRA and Covid-19

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On May 27, the Federal Reserve Board, the OCC, and the FDIC posted Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) FAQs related to Covid-19. The FAQs acknowledge that while Covid-19 affected states are categorized by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) as Category B, which would normally not be considered designated disasters under the CRA, the agencies will grant consideration for activities that revitalize or stabilize affected areas by protecting public health and safety. The FAQs frequently cite to the joint statement on CRA consideration for activities in response to Covid-19, issued by the agencies in March (covered by InfoBytes here). Among other things, the FAQs discuss how Paycheck Protection Program and Main Street Lending Program loans may be eligible for CRA consideration and how bank examiners will consider affordable housing measures under the CRA.

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