Agencies extend CRA credit period for certain disaster relief efforts
On May 27, the FDIC, OCC, and the Fed (collectively, “Agencies”) issued an interagency statement on granting a 36-month extension of the original period provided for Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) consideration for bank activities that help to revitalize or stabilize Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands in response to Hurricane Maria. As previously covered by Infobytes, the Agencies issued an interagency statement on the availability of CRA credit for financial institution activities that “help revitalize or stabilize the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, which were designated as major disaster areas by the President because of Hurricane Maria” in January 2018. Provided financial institutions continue to be responsive to the community needs of their own CRA assessment areas, the Agencies will now give “favorable consideration” to community development activities, such as assistance to displaced people, in the areas impacted by Hurricane Maria. In addition, the Agencies state that they may give greater weight to activities aimed at assisting the low and moderate income affected areas, but that general consideration will be given regardless of median or personal income. The Agencies have determined that the ongoing impact of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands warrants an extension through September 20, 2023.