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To support economic opportunity on reservations and within Native communities, government and investors could begin by tackling structural barriers and knowledge gaps and meeting communities’ needs for flexible capital.
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Financial coaches can help clients navigate economic uncertainty and lessen COVID-19's threats to their well-being.
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Tying evaluation to the importance of the activity to the bank ignores the fact that many activities constituting a small share of the bank’s business have an outsize importance to the bank’s community.  
The present system needs improvement, but it works; regulators can take time to carefully consider concerns raised in response to proposed changes.
"We need to create the infrastructure within government to enable flexibility in times of crisis."
Demand for the financial services offered by community development financial institutions is growing, but CDFIs must strengthen their finances.
How do we measure the effectiveness of community development financial institutions?
The seven million foreclosures that occurred between 2004 and 2015 fueled the Great Recession. But the role of adverse public records is just as significant.
Simple rules of thumb, even if they’re not as detailed as other forms of financial education, might help people improve their financial decisionmaking.
Community development financial institutions help bring mainstream finance to underserved communities. As inequality grows, the industry must figure out how to expand its reach.

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