Consumer financial harms stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic will only worsen in communities across the country if the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) does not vigorously enforce the consumer protection laws under its jurisdiction, state leaders of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA) warned today.
NACA Ohio members sent a letter to Chief Justice Maureen O'Connor of the Ohio Supreme Court urging the immediate suspension of all non-emergency landlord-tenant hearings, debt collection hearings, and foreclosures.
NACA members in Ohio sent a letter to State Attorney General Dave Yost calling on his office to suspend collection of debts owed to the state, particularly student and medical debt, during the ongoing COVID-19 emergency.
"'Credit has become a substitute for people who don’t have enough money—they can’t afford health care, they don’t make a living wage, and their car breaks down,” says Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates. “Being in debt is not a character flaw. It’s a sign that they don’t have enough.'"
NACA and 35 other consumer, privacy, civil rights, and public interest organizations submitted a comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau outlining privacy concerns raised by the Bureau's proposed rule on debt collection practices. If the rule is finalized as written, the CFPB may be opening the door to increased privacy abuse and security problems. All comments submitted by or on behalf of NACA are available here.
NACA and 38 other community, civil rights, consumer, and student advocacy organizations joined a comment to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau urging the CFPB to strengthen its proposed rule on debt collection practices to better protect student loan borrowers. All comments submitted by or on behalf of NACA are available here.
NACA and 42 other consumer, civil and human rights, labor, community, housing, and legal services organizations call upon the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to provide greater protections for consumers with limited English proficiency (LEP) in its proposed rule on debt collection practices. There are many misconceptions about debt collection laws that are heightened by language barriers, leaving LEP consumers vulnerable to harassment and exploitation. All comments submitted by or on behalf of NACA are available