Final Stimulus, Spending Bill Includes Big Boost for CDFIs, Extension of CLF Provisions

Congress is preparing to pass legislation that contains a $12 billion set-aside for the Community Development Financial Institutions program, and extensions of the Paycheck Protection Program, the Troubled Debt Restructuring provisions, and the pandemic-related provisions of the National Credit Union Administration’s Central Liquidity Facility. Congress is combining the coronavirus economic stimulus bill and the FY21 omnibus appropriations measure into one bill totally 5,593 pages.

Inclusiv: Big Banks Failing Small Businesses During Pandemic; CDFIs Are Filling Void

The coronavirus economic crisis demonstrated the failure of large banks to reach small and minority-owned businesses, Cathie Mahon, president/CEO of Inclusiv told the Community Development Financial Advisory Board Thursday.

Community Development Financial Institutions stepped up to fill that void as much as they could, Mahon, whose trade group represents community development credit unions, told the board. She added, however, that Minority Depository Institutions and CDFIs were hampered in that effort because they need the capital, technical support, and platforms to keep up with the evolving financial services world.