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Report: Social Security Administration’s Reliance on Flawed Data from Private Company Leads to Low-Income People Losing Vital SSI Benefits

2021-04-14T13:39:34-05:00April 14, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

Download the report, including several client stories and policy recommendations Washington, D.C. – Thousands of extremely low-income older adults and people with disabilities have likely had their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits cut off erroneously, bringing many of them to the brink of homelessness, according to a groundbreaking report from the National Consumer Law Center [...]

Mismatched and Mistaken: How the Use of an Inaccurate Private Database Results In SSI Recipients Unjustly Losing Benefits

2021-04-14T15:54:07-05:00April 13, 2021|Categories: Issues|

Potentially thousands of extremely low-income elderly and people with disabilities have had their Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits cut off erroneously, bringing many of them to the brink of homelessness. Lax matching standards in LexisNexis Accurint reports used by the Social Security Administration (SSA)  and a lack of independent investigations by SSA staff lead to [...]

Supreme Court Deals Blow to Protections Against Robocalls; Advocates Urge Congress to Act to Prevent a Tsunami of Unwanted Calls and Texts to Cellphones

2021-04-01T12:41:22-05:00April 1, 2021|Categories: Media Center|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 1, 2021 National Consumer Law Center contact: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) Washington, D.C. - Today, the Supreme Court issued an opinion that nullifies one of the most important protections against unwanted robocalls: the Telephone Consumer Protection Act’s prohibition against autodialed calls and texts to cellphones without the called party’s consent.  In Facebook, [...]

Advocates Applaud Passage of $1.9 Trillion COVID-19 Economic Stimulus to Help Americans but Congress Must Ensure EIPs Feed Families, Not Debt Collectors

2021-03-10T14:14:50-05:00March 10, 2021|Categories: Media Center, Press Releases (Archived)|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 10, 2021 National Consumer Law Center Contacts: Jan Kruse (jkruse@nclc.org) or Stephen Rouzer (srouzer@nclc.org) Washington, D.C. – Advocates at the National Consumer Law Center praised Congress for passing the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 to help struggling families. But they noted that more needs to be done, especially [...]

COVID-19 & Consumer Protections Archive

2021-02-10T10:30:06-05:00January 12, 2021|Categories: Uncategorized|

Stimulus Payments CBPP (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities) resources to alert 12 million low-income people of October 15, 2020 deadline to request stimulus payment for receipt in 2020. Alert: IRS Sending Letters About Unactivated Stimulus Prepaid Cards, July 2, 2020 Consumer, Banking Groups Applaud Bill to Exempt Economic Impact Payments from Garnishment, May 26, [...]

Civil Rights and Consumer Groups File Amicus Brief in Support of States’ Challenge to OCC Rule that Enables Predatory Lending

2020-12-22T12:50:11-05:00December 22, 2020|Categories: Media Center|

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  December 22, 2020  Press Contacts  Center for Responsible Lending: Matthew Kravitz, matthew.kravitz@responsiblelending.org  National Consumer Law Center: Jan Kruse, jkruse@nclc.org, lsaunders@nclc.org  East Bay Community Law Center: Rosalyn Sternberg, rsternberg@ebclc.org     National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders: Sharon Garcia, sgarcia@nalcab.org  National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development: Nahida Uddin, nahida@nationalcapacd.org Advocates argue [...]

Important wins, but unmet needs, in new stimulus package

2020-12-22T10:39:02-05:00December 22, 2020|Categories: Media Center, Uncategorized|

New stimulus checks, broadband access and rental aid welcome, but foreclosure and student loan relief absent WASHINGTON, DC – Advocates welcomed the new stimulus bill passed by Congress last night, but warned that it has critical gaps that should be immediately filled by the incoming Biden Administration. “The new $600 stimulus payment, broadband aid, low-income [...]

Henderson v. Vision Property Management, LLC

2020-09-29T12:35:14-05:00September 24, 2020|Categories: Litigation|

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan Co-Counsel: National Consumer Law Center (NCLC), NAACP Legal Defense Fund, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Michigan, and Michigan Poverty Law Program This class-action lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The lawsuit alleges the Defendants violated federal and state civil rights [...]

FHFA’s Delay of Fannie & Freddie Mortgage Refinancing Fee is a Necessary Yet Utterly Insufficient Step for Struggling Homeowners

2020-08-26T21:12:41-05:00August 26, 2020|Categories: Media Center, Press Releases (Archived)|

Washington, D.C. – The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) announced yesterday that a fee from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which FHFA previously approved and which makes refinancing more expensive for mortgages backed by those companies, will be delayed until December 1. FHFA also said the fee will not apply to refinance loans with balances [...]