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Financial Parasites Are Still With Us, But Hopefully Not for Long

Originally published on The Huffington Post.

Almost four years ago, I wrote about a new non-profit check cashing and payday lender that opened in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. This alternative to private sector financial parasites, for-profit check cashers and […]

Online Lender SoFi Seems To Push Back IPO Plans, Raising $1 Billion

Via Techcrunch on 9/30: SoFi has expanded from Student Loan refinancing to other types of credit, including personal loans and mortgages. It will be interesting to see how the Majors react as these “marketplace” upstarts continue to make noise…

 

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Addressing Gentrification and Homelessness Pressures and Community Development Needs in the Bay Area

There has been a great deal of discussion about the lack of affordable housing, nonprofit office space, homeless housing and artists’ housing in Oakland due to the tragic warehouse fire, the issues associated with SROs and their conversions, the need for broader community development options and programs, the lack of good jobs, problems faced by small businesses, bank closures, and the overall increasing pressures from gentrification including rent and housing sales price increases.  These same conditions exist throughout the Bay Area for the most part. Many excellent solutions presently exist and are in operation, and many excellent recommendations have been made. …The need for additional strategies and a more encompassing approach have become clear from several recent events….

CDF to be honored by the American Constitution Society on April 26 in SF!

CDF will be one of four organizations honored at the event below — please join us!

Preliminary Study Results: Payday Loans, Debt and the Underbanked

Interested in how Payday loans compare to the other financial issues faced by underbanked populations? You’re in luck! In the following draft PDF, CDF founder Dan Leibsohn shares draft research conclusions from data generated through CDF’s flagship Community Check Cashing nonprofit money services storefront.

Click to view or download via PDF: Payday Loans, Debt […]

Experian hack exposes 15 million people’s personal information

Via The Guardian on October 1, 2015: We’ve created a world where personal data gets passed back and forth between credit agencies, data brokers, and corporations, and we’re obviously not doing a great job of designing and safeguarding those pathways. A system out of control!

Online Lender SoFi Seems To Push Back IPO Plans, Raising $1 Billion

Via Techcrunch on 9/30: SoFi has expanded from Student Loan refinancing to other types of credit, including personal loans and mortgages. It will be interesting to see how the Majors react as these “marketplace” upstarts continue to make noise…

 

Financial Parasites Are Still With Us, But Hopefully Not for Long

Originally published on The Huffington Post.

Almost four years ago, I wrote about a new non-profit check cashing and payday lender that opened in the Fruitvale area of Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. This alternative to private sector financial parasites, for-profit check cashers and […]