September 12, 2008


Washington, DC – Today, Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs, issued the following statement on Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data released by the Federal Reserve, which showed that denial rate differences based on race widened from 2006 to 2007:
“This data is further proof of a disturbing and continuing trend of unfair lending practices in our country.  At a time when turmoil in the mortgage markets caused by unfair and unsound lending practices is making credit less available to all Americans, minority borrowers are confronted with significant racial and ethnic disparities when trying to purchase a home.  The Banking Committee will continue to focus on how to address discriminatory lending practices and end these disparities in order to ensure that homeownership is equally available to all Americans.”