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Monday, August 28, 2006

Eleven CDCUs receive $3.3 million in CDFI Fund awards

Press Release below. Community Trust CU. led by Joe Duran (NCUD Board Member) recieved $390k. Good job Joe and team!

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (8/28/06)--Eleven community development credit unions (CDCUs) received $3.3 million from the U.S. Treasury Department's Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, it was announced Friday.

The awards--ranging up to $585,000--make up 12.6% of a total $26.4 million available during the CDFI Fund's 2006 round.

Cliff Rosenthal, executive director of the National Federation of CDCUs, said the fund received 127 applications with requests for assistance totaling about $146.7 million.

Credit unions succeeded in "a competition that has become increasingly more strenuous over the years," he said. The share received by credit unions is roughly comparable to what the movement received in previous years, "but still way below what we'd like to see. There are many credit unions out there that would be good candidates," he said.

Four CDCUs received the maximum amount awarded to any applicant--$585,000--a ceiling "far lower than in the past," Rosenthal said. "It reflects the lower level of appropriations that the fund has received in recent years," he added. For the coming fiscal year, the Senate has called for $55 million and the House, $40 million. The federation wants "to see the House go along with the Senate's figure," he said.

Seven of the 11 CDCU recipients are repeat winners. Among the first-time recipients was ASI FCU, the $300 million asset CDCU in New Orleans that was hit hard by Hurricane Katrina a year ago. It received $585,000.

Others receiving the maximum $585,000 were: Latino Community CU, Durham, N.C.; Saguache County CU, Moffatt, Colo; and Self-Help CU, Durham.

Other recipients were:

Community Trust CU, Modesto, Calif., $393,440;
Neighborhood Trust FCU, New York, N.Y., $100,000;
South Side Community FCU, Chicago, $150,000;
El Futuro CU, Porterville, Calif., $46,980 (technical assistance award):
Lower East Side People's FCU, New York, N.Y., $100,000 technical assistance;
Pacoima Development FCU, Lake View Terrace, Calif., $100,000 technical assistance; and
Syracuse (N.Y.) Cooperative FCU, $99,969.

Credit unions receiving awards under the CDFI Fund's Native American CDFI Assistance program were: First Hawaiian Homes FCU, Hoolehua, Hawaii, $78,000, and Molokai Community FCU, Kaunakakai, Hawaii, $380,000.

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