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FHFA Releases Report Underlining FHLBanks’ Activities and Performance

Amid nationwide inflation and economic uncertainty, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) has released its annual report on the low-income housing and community development activities of the Federal Home Loan Banks (FHLBanks).

The report highlights the FHLBanks’ activities and performance in 2021 through the Affordable Housing Program (AHP), the Community Investment Program (CIP), and the Community Investment Cash Advance Program (CICA). The report also covers Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) membership in the FHLBank System, the FHLBanks’ affordable housing goals, and their purchases of Acquired Member Assets (AMA).

The FHLBanks provide loans –referred to as advances– or grants to their members or housing associates under these programs. These funds are then used to assist very low-, low-, and moderate-income households and communities.

“The Federal Home Loan Banks provided more than $2.7 billion in 2021 for targeted economic development and housing advances,” said Director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency Sandra L. Thompson. “As FHFA begins its comprehensive review of the Federal Home Loan Bank System, we recognize its long-term importance in providing liquidity in the housing finance market and funding for community investment projects.”

Key takeaways:

  • The FHLBanks awarded approximately $352.4 million in total contributions to the AHP in 2021, which assisted more than 32,000 low- and moderate-income households, more than 17,000 of which were very low-income households.
  • The FHLBanks funded approximately $1.7 billion in targeted housing and economic development advances through the CIP in 2021. These CIP housing advances assisted approximately 8,000 households in 2021.
  • In 2021, targeted economic development advances from the CICA Program were approximately $1 billion.
  • Ten FHLBanks purchased AMA mortgages in 2021, and each met the mortgage purchase and community-based AMA user goals.

​The FHLBanks also supports the financing of low-income housing and community development to non-depository CDFI members. CDFIs also assist underserved communities by promoting economic investment and affordable housing opportunities, and providing community development financial services.

To read the full release, including more details and methodology, click here.

About Author: Demetria Lester

Demetria C. Lester is a reporter for DS News and MReport magazines with more than eight years of writing experience. She has served as content coordinator and copy editor for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Orange County Register, in addition to 11 other Southern California publications. A former editor-in-chief at Northlake College and staff writer at her alma mater, the University of Texas at Arlington, she has covered events such as the Byron Nelson and Pac-12 Conferences, progressing into her freelance work with the Dallas Wings and D Magazine. Currently located in Dallas, Texas, Lester is an avid jazz lover and likes to read. She can be reached at [email protected].

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