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Public Policy

Our Public Policy Work

NALCAB is actively involved in research, advocacy and national partnerships to raise the profiles of key issues in our communities, and provide resources and technical assistance to our members. We engage policy makers on issues ranging from small business access to capital to consumer protections in order to ensure there is equity of opportunity in this country.


NALCAB Makes Suggestions to Strengthen the Decennial Census Count

NALCAB has submitted comments in response to the August 17th, 2022, notice and solicitation of input or suggestions on 2030 Census Preliminary Research published by the United States Census Bureau in the Federal Register.

An accurate Census count is critical to all individuals and communities as this data is used to inform decisions on redistricting, reapportionment, and the deployment of federal funds for hundreds of programs with an allocation over $800 billion annually. NALCAB appreciates the opportunity to submit comments to strengthen the 2030 Census and ensure an accurate count of Latinos, immigrants and other undercounted, underserved, and misrepresented communities.

To read more, find the rest of our letter here.

NALCAB Supporting the CFPB

NALCAB has joined PolicyLink and other civil rights advocates in defending the constitutionality of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) after the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that the CFPB’s funding source is unconstitutional. The CFPB was created in 2011 after the financial crisis to protect consumers against predatory financial institutions. It primarily focuses on mortgages, credit cards and student loans, while providing critical oversight in this system. The CFPB protects consumers as they interact with financial institutions and this ruling from the Court of Appeals could strip those protections away.

Read the rest of the statement here.

NALCAB Submits Comment Letter: Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund

NALCAB has joined the Alliance to Save Energy (Alliance) and the African American Alliance of CDFI CEOs (AAA) in support of the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GHG Fund) section 60103 of the Inflation Reduction Act. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is helping to lead the way to ensure a just energy transition as the nation responds to the urgent issues of climate change and maximizes green energy investments and outcomes. That is why we have joined together to urge the EPA to use the GHG Fund to lead with equity and energy efficiency as they work towards lowing or eliminating GHG emissions in low-income, disadvantaged, and tribal communities.

To read more, find the full letter here.

NALCAB’s Policy Priorities

Strengthening Minority Small Business

Minority entrepreneurs are the economic engine for many cities, rural communities and the US economy as a whole. Our small business policy priorities include increasing access to capital, strengthening entrepreneurial development programs, and protecting small business borrowers from predatory lending practices and unsafe financial products.

Increasing Consumer Financial Protections

Abusive financial products and services are a major barrier for people who aspire to advance up the financial ladder. We cannot forget the lessons of the Great Recession. NALCAB works to increase financial education, instill safeguards against abusive lending and collection practices, eliminate unsafe financial products and put an end to discrimination in our financial system.

Addressing the Housing Affordability Crisis

There is a growing housing affordability crisis in the United States. NALCAB supports policies that open responsible access to home ownership and increase the supply of safe, health and affordable rental housing.

Increasing Diversity in Our Financial System

Diversity in the governance of the Federal Reserve and our largest financial institutions is important for ensuring that our financial system meets its full potential to include everyone in our economy. NALCAB promotes greater diversity in the governance of the Federal Reserve System and in the Boards and senior leadership of major financial institutions.

Promoting Immigration Policies That Strengthen Our Economy

Immigrants strengthen our economy. NALCAB works to advance the public’s understanding of the economic value of sound immigration policy. We advocate for policies that support immigrant entrepreneurs, protect workers and provide an earned path to citizenship for aspiring Americans, particularly Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and their families.

Opening Access to Federal Community Development Funding

NALCAB is committed to opening access to the federal funding streams that invigorate our communities and support Latino economic advancement. We advocate for robust funding for federal agencies and programs that are key to the community and economic development efforts of our members nationwide. This includes, but is not limited to, US HUD including Disaster Recover programs, the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, the US Small Business Administration, and the US Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Programs.

Strengthening the Community Reinvestment Act

The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) requires regulated banks to meet the credit needs of all people in the communities where they do business. It is a critical tool for working toward a more inclusive economy. NALCAB works in collaboration with diverse national and regional coalitions to ensure regulators strengthen and fully implement the CRA.

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Contact Us

Feel free to get in touch with us. We are always open to discussing new projects, ideas or opportunities to help your organization reach its policy goals.

NALCAB’s DC office is located at 910 17th St. NW, Suite 820, Washington DC 20006. To learn more about our policy work, contact Clarinda Landeros, Director of Public Policy, at 202.991.9100 or at policy@nalcab.org.

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