Update on Treasury’s Approach to Equitable Community Finance

U.S. Department of the Treasury
Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Graham Steele, Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions

"Over the past few years, the field of community finance has been transformed both by the historic scale of federal investments and policies focused on supporting equitable economic growth. During the Biden-Harris Administration, the Treasury Department has focused on unlocking the economic potential of financially underserved communities across the country. Secretary Yellen has outlined an economic strategy called 'modern supply-side economics,' which calls for, among other actions, boosting economic productivity by addressing inequality and making investments in people, places, and infrastructure that have been constrained by a lack of resources and opportunity.

Treasury's community finance programs have played an important role in this overarching strategy, and we are seeing results in financially underserved communities across the country, from increases in lending in the most economically disadvantaged areas to new clean-energy investments in low-income communities. In December 2022, I provided an overview of Treasury's approach to community finance policy. I am now pleased to provide an update on how Treasury's community finance related efforts are supporting underserved communities throughout the country..."