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OCC says bank partnerships crucial in community reinvestment and resilience

Bank Regulatory Federal Issues OCC Consumer Finance CDFI MDI Covid-19 Disaster Relief

On April 7, the OCC highlighted measures that banks can take to collaborate with community development financial institutions (CDFIs), minority depository institutions (MDIs), and other community-based groups to assist communities recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic and natural disasters. In the agency’s latest edition of its Community Developments Investments newsletter, “Partners in Recovery: Community Reinvestment and Resilience,” the OCC discussed ways banks have partnered with CDFIs and MDIs to originate small business loans, and highlighted federal emergency programs created to provide resources to low- and moderate-income and minority communities and businesses recovering from the disproportionate effects of the pandemic. The newsletter also provided examples of bank-community partnerships and addressed the role that these partnerships play in both rebuilding communities following disasters and the pandemic and preparing for future crises through climate resilience planning and investment.