Jun 18, 2022 - Economy

2. One bank's program to boost Black homeownership

U.S. homeownership rates, by race/ethnicity
Data: U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Simran Parwani/Axios

For more than a year, Black and Hispanic homebuyers have gotten $5,000 in down payment or closing cost assistance from JPMorgan Chase, part of a new program meant to help close the racial wealth gap.

Why it matters: If adopted on a wider scale, this kind of targeted program — which specifically tracks lending to borrowers of color, a radical departure — might help increase Black homeownership rates. JPMorgan is the first bank to give it a try.

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