Important legislation introduced by Representative Al Green to make home buying in Texas more equitable.

(Washington, D.C.) – On Tuesday, October 22, 2019, Congressman Al Green, Congresswoman Judy Chu, Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia, and Congressman William Lacy Clay introduced H.R. 4783 and released the following statement:

Congressman Al Green said, “Access to credit and homeownership is a common struggle for far too many new Americans and immigrant communities, in part because of strong language barriers. Offering information essential to the homebuying process in the preferred language of the borrower is critical to ensuring this access for persons with limited English proficiency (LEP). The language preference question – previously included on the Universal Residential Loan Application (URLA) form which is used for loans backed by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – serves to help regulators gather pertinent information on borrowers’ language preferences so that we can decrease the likelihood of language barriers presenting a deterrent or challenge for prospective LEP homebuyers. In August 2019, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) removed this critical question, and their arbitrary decision perpetuates the risk of predatory lending practices that many LEP homebuyers fall prey to because of language barriers. The LEP Data Acquisition in Mortgage Lending Act of 2019, introduced by my colleagues Congresswoman Chu, Congresswoman Garcia, Congressman Clay, and I today, will require the language preference question to be reinstated on the URLA. We must continue collecting language preference information to ensure a fair and equitable approach to homebuying for all persons, regardless of their primary language.”

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Upcoming Events In November

November 2nd
Annual Freedom Fund Banquet
CC Grand Plaza
7:00pm

November 7th
Executive Committee Meeting
(Executive Committee Only)
Warford Center
6:00PM

Cancelled in honor of Veteran’s Day
November 9th
General Membership Meeting
Mt. Olive Baptist
1:00PM


Support the Census

At our general meeting this afternoon, Ms. Shadrona Carter of the United States Census Bureau shared information about what could be the most important census of our lifetimes.

Our country holds a census every 10 years to count the population. This count decides everything from federal funding to the number of seats a state will have in the House of Representatives. Accurate census information has been and will continue to be an important part of defending our voice in government and protecting our rights.

You can learn more about the census and what you can do to help protect the accuracy of this key part of our democracy by visiting 2020census.gov. Do your part to get the word out that EVERYONE needs to respond to the census next year.

Also be aware that scammers may try to claim to be part of the census. Make sure everyone you know is aware that census takers will NEVER ask for Social Security information, bank information, donations of any kind or ask you to join a political party.

JOBS AVAILABLE

The US Census Bureau is looking for applications to serve as census takers. Flexible hours and competitive compensation. Visit: 2020Census.gov/jobs for more information.

2019 Dr. R.W. Jones Freedom Fund Banquet

Amarillo Branch NAACP presents the 2019 Dr. R.W. Jones Freedom Fund Banquet:
A Community in Unity

Saturday, November 2, 2019 at 7 PM – 9 PM

Amarillo Civic Center Complex
401 S Buchanan, Amarillo, Texas 79101

Please join us and our keynote speaker, Thomas D. Sands, Pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in supporting Freedom and recognizing those who have made a notable contribution to our cause in 2019 .

Our musical entertainment will be provided by the talented Ruth Ellen Lynch.

This the only fundraiser for the Amarillo Branch NAACP.

All NAACP Branches have been designated as 501 (c) (4) organizations. Contributions or gifts to this Branch are not deductible as charitable contributions for Federal income tax purposes. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Branch President, Floyd Anthony at 806.290.8705.