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Members of the Federal Home Loan Bank System are held to certain community-support standards, which were established by the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act of 1989 (FIRREA), amended in 1997 and administratively amended in 2015. To ensure that these standards are met, the System's regulator, the Federal Housing Finance Agency, will review the System's membership biennially.


The 2019 CSS Review Process

Under the amended regulation, every two years selected members must submit a Community Support Statement to the Finance Agency, where it is reviewed to determine if the member meets the community-support standards. In accordance with FIRREA, members must meet these standards to maintain access to long-term advances from the Federal Home Loan Bank. (The community-support regulation defines a "long-term" advance as any advance with a maturity of more than one year.)

The completed form will provide the Finance Agency with information about the member's most recent CRA evaluation and its measures to assist first-time home buyers. The completed Community Support Statement must be submitted to the Finance Agency's online submission system no later than October 31, 2019.


Overview of CSS Requirements

  • Members are required to complete and submit the CSS form, through the Finance Agency's electronic submission system, no later than October 31, 2019.
  • Members subject to CRA must meet both the CRA standard (Part I of the form) and the first-time homebuyer standard (Part II).
  • Members not subject to CRA (i.e., credit unions and insurance companies) must meet only the first-time homebuyer standard (Part II).
  • Any member not documenting adherence to the first-time homebuyer standard (Part II) will be restricted from access to FHLBank long-term advances and community investment products.


Public Comments

As part of its review process, the Finance Agency encourages comments on the community support programs and activities of FHLBank Boston members selected for review from nonprofit organizations, community groups, and other interested parties.

If you have any comments, both positive and/or critical, on the performance of any of these members in meeting the credit needs of their communities, please send your comments directly to the FHFA, by electronic mail to hmgcommunitysupportprogram@fhfa.gov, by Monday, April 29, 2019.


Technical Assistance

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston can provide technical assistance to members selected for review and others with questions about the regulation or the review process. For technical assistance, please contact Paulette Vass, community investment manager, or your relationship manager, or send an email to communitysupportprogram@fhlbboston.com.

 
 
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