Federal community development funding, as measured as a share of GDP, has declined by 75 percent over the least 40 years. Federal policy has increasing relied on private-sector resources to fill the gap. Through the NMTC and CDFI programs, community development organizations are filling the yawning credit gap encountered in many communities, creating jobs improving housing and community facilities and creating economic opportunity. This is […]
President Trump released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget today entitled, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again.” The plan, as was reported a few weeks ago, makes deep cuts or eliminates many programs serving economically distressed rural communities and urban neighborhoods. The proposal would all but eliminate Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund, cutting $210 million and eliminating support for […]
As you know, the CDFI Fund appropriations are in need of strong congressional support for both Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 and 2018. Reports on the Trump Administration’s “skinny budget” would “all, but eliminate” the CDFI Fund. While nothing is confirmed, the CDFI Coalition is working to demonstrate the importance of these programs to communities nationwide. With that in mind, we are asking organizations, businesses and […]
For over 20 years, CDFIs have been making financial services accessible to underserved communities and populations across the country. Among their many achievements, CDFIs have financed improved access to affordable housing, critical community facilities, and schools. They have financed small and growing businesses. Through their efforts, millions of dollars have been leveraged for investment in communities often left out of the economic mainstream, creating jobs and opportunities. Below are some of their stories.