Credit unions prepared to respond to federal guidance on small-dollar lending amidst COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC (March 26, 2020) — Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Jim Nussle released the following statement after The Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, (FDIC), National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) and Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) released a  joint statement encouraging credit unions to offer responsible small-dollar loans to consumer and small business members.

“Emergencies like the COVID-19 pandemic are when credit unions’ not-for-profit model is on full display. We have a strong history of stepping up for our members in times of emergency, providing low- and no-interest short term, small dollar loans to help folks weather such uncertain times. All across the country, credit unions are working with members to provide new alternatives to abusive payday lenders and support their communities.”

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