CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Bank of America today announced that its current portfolio of loans, deposits and investments to Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) now exceeds $ 2 billion. This includes approximately $ 100 million deposits with minority deposit institutions (MDIs) and investments of almost $ 36 million equity in 21 MDI as part of the company’s recent commitment up to $ 50 million. These investments build on a 25-year partnership that has made Bank of America the largest private investor in CDFIs in the United States, providing capital to more than 250 CDFIs in all 50 states and District of Colombia.
CDFIs provide affordable and responsible loans and technical assistance to low-income and underserved clients and communities. Bank of America support for CDFIs, including the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ready through the health crisis, expands the reach of what business can do on a direct basis, thereby helping to fuel social and economic progress for individuals, small businesses and communities.
“Our work with CDFIs is crucial to our ability to provide access to capital to the thousands of individuals and small businesses who are the backbone of our local communities,” said Brian Moynihan, CEO of Bank of America. “We are focused on bringing capital to areas where there are gaps in opportunities, and CDFIs are able to provide relief and make a real impact – by responding and adapting. quickly to deploy capital and practical advice when small businesses need it most. “
In response to an increased need for small business support in 2020, Bank of America engaged and exceeded $ 250 million in new capital to CDFIs to provide them with the necessary liquidity to grant Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans to their clients, as well as $ 10 million in grants to help CDFI operations.
According to Opportunity Finance Network1, the CDFIs provided more than $ 82.7 billion in cumulative funding to underserved communities. This funding has helped start or develop more than 448,541 small businesses, 2.1 million housing units and 12,072 community projects, including schools, daycares and health facilities, and is helping to create or maintain over 1.8 million jobs.
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Vanessa Cook, Bank of America
SOURCE Bank of America Corporation