JPMorgan Chase Furthers Commitment to Closing the Housing Affordability Gap for Black and Latinx Households

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

JPMorgan Chase Furthers Commitment to Closing the Housing Affordability Gap for Black and Latinx Households

June 16, 2021 (New York, NY) – Today, JPMorgan Chase announced new steps to address the housing affordability gap as part of its $30 billion commitment to help advance racial equity and drive an inclusive recovery. By combining its unique set of business, data, policy and philanthropic resources, the firm aims to improve housing affordability and stability as well as homeownership opportunities for Black and Latinx households. This includes:

  1. Addressing housing stability, affordability and wealth creation: A five-year $400 million philanthropic commitment that includes low-cost loans, equity and grants targeted to nonprofits and organizations in the affordable housing space that work to improve affordability and stability for Black and Latinx households;
  2. Creating more paths to affordable and sustainable homeownershipNew Chase Community Home Lending Advisor role to help more people on the journey to homeownership, and actively engaging with industry partners and regulators to find ways to address gaps in the residential appraisal process;
  3. Making data-driven policy recommendations: The JPMorgan Chase PolicyCenter will partner with policymakers and community leaders to advance data- and evidence-based solutions to tackle housing challenges.

“We’re trying to address some of the barriers to affordable housing and homeownership to help provide family stability and build generational wealth for Black and Latinx families,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase & Co. “Whether you rent or own your home, more families deserve fair, sustainable and accessible options and businesses have a responsibility to develop housing solutions for those who lack access to opportunity.”


1. Addressing Housing Stability, Affordability and Wealth Creation

JPMorgan Chase’s five-year, $400 million philanthropic commitment will help tackle the housing crisis for Black and Latinx households. The firm will launch new housing initiatives to advance affordability and stability in underserved communities across the U.S.:

  • Working with the Urban Institute to identify, test and scale innovative affordable housing solutions, such as eviction prevention programs and ways to address appraisal gaps, to better serve Black and Latinx households;
  • Collaborating with Center for Community Investment at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy to advance solutions such as preserving affordability of existing homes and expanding community ownership models in Chicago, Washington D.C., Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans and Seattle.

Due to the economic crisis resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a critical need to help stabilize housing for Black, Latinx and other households of color. JPMorgan Chase will:

  • Provide philanthropic support to nonprofits that fund foreclosure and eviction programs such as emergency financial assistance, rental repayment plans and negotiation support;
  • Provide liquidity – including emergency financial assistance -- to nonprofit providers of affordable housing and to small landlords facing their own financial strains;
  • Advance effective housing preservation models to maintain existing affordable units, such as protecting small buildings at risk of losing affordability.

JPMorgan Chase Institute research has shown almost one in four renters experienced a greater than 10 percent drop in total income during the pandemic, even after accounting for government support, but did not have a forbearance safety net like homeowners, which creates economic vulnerabilities for both renters and landlords. The firm is working with the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) to provide support to renters affected by the pandemic and at risk of evictions. NALCAB provided direct emergency financial assistance to Latinx-led nonprofit affordable housing providers to keep 2,000 Latinx families in their homes during the height of the economic crisis.

"This announcement underscores JPMorgan Chase's understanding of systemic issues of inequity and their commitment to driving economic justice. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is being felt in waves, and we are on the brink of an even deeper affordable housing crisis than currently exists,” said Marla Bilonick, NALCAB President and CEO. “NALCAB is pleased to work with our member organizations to provide emergency financial assistance to ensure that 2,000 Latino families are able to stay in their homes. Nothing could be more critical to recovery than ensuring stable housing and JPMorgan Chase has risen to the occasion, once again."

The firm is also expanding innovative housing models aimed to lower the cost of affordable housing production. For example, the firm recently made an equity investment in Factory_OS, which is reducing the cost and time of multifamily housing production by up to 40% through the utilization of offsite factory construction.

2. Creating More Paths to Affordable and Sustainable Homeownership

Chase’s Home Lending business is focused on four key pillars to help address the barriers to affordable and sustainable homeownership: hiring people, expanding its presence, enhancing its products, and participating in policy reform.

Hiring people and expanding its presence: Chase is expanding its traditional home lending advisor network to include a new job called “Community Home Lending Advisor,” which is designed to be located in minority and low-to- moderate income communities.  These individuals are experts in local housing and down payment assistance programs. To date, Chase has hired more than 100 Community Home Lending Advisors nationwide and will continue to expand...