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Helping banks and federal savings associations to be leaders in community development finance.

Community Affairs supports the OCC’s mission to ensure a vibrant banking system by helping national banks and federal savings associations to be leaders in providing safe and sound community development financing and making financial services accessible to underserved communities and consumers, while treating their customers fairly. Community Affairs conducts outreach and develops publications to support this goal, in addition to:

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OCC Headquarters
(202) 649-6420
CommunityAffairs@occ.treas.gov


Read our Recently Released Publications or browse Community Affairs Articles by Topic.


Commercial Lending in Indian Country: Potential Opportunities in a Growing Market
(February 2016)
This report discusses the unique opportunities and challenges of lending in Indian Country and provides banks with background on the market, regulatory considerations, and best practices by successful lenders.
  Cover of November/December 2015 Financial Literacy Update
January/February 2016 Financial Literacy Update
This bimonthly e-newsletter reports upcoming financial literacy events, initiatives, and related resources of the OCC and other government agencies and organizations.
  Insights December 2015 thumbnail
Affordable Mortgage Lending Opportunities: Exemptions Under the Ability-to-Repay Rule
This fact sheet describes exemptions from the ability to repay rule that apply to specified community-based lenders and lending programs.
Insights Report, September 2015
Small Business Investment Companies: Investment Option for Banks
(September 2015)
This updated report describes the Small Business Investment Company (SBIC), how banks can use SBICs to expand their small-business finance activities, and what risks and regulatory considerations are involved.
 
Hardest Hit Fund: State Programs to Improve Loan Modification Sustainability and Stabilize Communities
(July 2015)
This issue provides examples of innovative ways state housing finance agencies are using funds from the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help homeowners in areas still struggling to recover from the housing crisis.
  Insights, May 2015
Historic Tax Credits: Bringing New Life to Older Communities
(May 2015)
This updated report describes how the Historic Tax Credit program operates, outlines the risks and regulatory considerations of participation in the program, and discusses how investments in these transactions may be considered under the Community Reinvestment Act.

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Related News and Issuances
Publish DateIdentifierTitle
02/09/2016  NR 2016-13, Comptroller of the Currency Discusses Support for Revitalizing Communities
02/09/2016  NR 2016-12, OCC Terminates Mortgage Servicing-Related Consent Orders Against U.S. Bank and Santander, Issues Civil Money Penalties
01/06/2016  NR 2016-3, Bank Regulatory Agencies and CDFI Fund to Sponsor National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference