Consumers & Homebuyers

NFHA and MBA Launch Online Toolkit to Help Lenders Develop Special Purpose Credit Programs for Underserved Communities

June 21, 2022

The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) and Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) announced a new online toolkit for mortgage lenders interested in developing Special Purpose Credit Programs (SPCPs). SPCPs permit lenders to offer mortgage credit to economically and socially disadvantaged borrowers and are an important tool for ensuring financial institutions can meet the needs of their consumers.

“NFHA has championed Special Purpose Credit Programs as an excellent tool for expanding credit access for underserved markets, including consumers who live in credit deserts and are credit invisible,” said NFHA President and CEO Lisa Rice. “Our collaboration in developing the SPCP toolkit demonstrates that NFHA and the MBA share a commitment to promoting justice, fairness, inclusion, and equity. We also share a commitment to strengthening communities, increasing sustainable homeownership, and growing our economy. We urge all lenders to use this toolkit to develop impactful programs to better serve borrowers of color, women, people with disabilities, and other underserved groups.”

The online toolkit, which was developed with technical assistance from the Homeownership Council of America (HCA) and input from the Urban Institute, provides background information, best practices and guidance, industry examples, data, and other useful links to aid mortgage lenders in their work in developing SPCPs.

Click here to view the toolkit.

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