FOR BLACK & LATINOS IN BALTIMORE
· ADDRESSING THE RACIAL WEALTH GAP ·
CRA Baltimore is a coalition committed to ensuring that Baltimore City and all Black and Latino communities receive their fair share of CRA investments from the top banks in their region. We serve as the watchdog group that holds those banks accountable, while providing community development opportunities and resources to enhance communities of color.
Understanding the Need
Due to years of systemic racial inequities starting at the federal level, Black and Latino groups have been pushed to living in low-income, high-risk neighborhoods in Baltimore and other cities throughout the nation.
In Baltimore, Blacks have a median household income that is 54% of that of Whites. The small Latino community in Baltimore has 70% of the income of Whites.
Black and Latino communities have been getting the short end of the financial stick leaving their interests unaddressed and voices unheard.
Systems like "redlining" prevented Black families from financing home purchases by outlining Black neighborhoods in red on government maps. Entire neighborhoods were considered poor credit risks and thus were not eligible for federally-insured mortgages. Black families turned to contract sales and other high-cost, risky financing sources (a single missed payment could mean losing a home).