Biden proposes investments in CDFIs, affordable housing, small biz

President Joe Biden Thursday released his proposed 2024 budget, which includes provisions aimed at strengthening communities, addressing tax issues, and bolstering protections against global threats. The proposed budget totals more than $10 trillion over the 2024-2033 period, and the administration claims it would reduce the nation’s deficit by almost $3 trillion over the next decade.

Of note for credit unions, the proposal would boost funding for the Small Business Administration (SBA), the Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Fund, and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) compared to 2023 enacted levels. NAFCU will continue to advocate for funding for agencies and programs that allow credit unions to meet members’ needs and support their communities.


The proposal provides $341 million to the Treasury’s CDFI Fund – a 5 percent increase from the 2023 enacted level. The budget proposal notes the CDFI Fund “provides historically underserved and often low-income communities access to credit, capital, and financial support to grow businesses, increase affordable housing, and reinforce healthy neighborhood development.” It also includes a $10 million subsidy to the NAFCU-supported CDFI Bond Guarantee Program to address the shortage of long-term affordable credit for development projects in disadvantaged communities, as well as $4 million for the Community Development Revolving Loan Fund.

NAFCU is active on CDFI issues to ensure credit unions can take advantage of the program to better serve their communities. The association is currently engaged with fund administrators, lawmakers, and regulators as the CDFI Fund considers changes to the CDFI Certification Application and process. NAFCU has shared concerns about the proposed changes to CDFI certification standards that could restrict access to the fund and its resources, and has advocated for increased transparency and communication.


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