St. Louis-area advocates for housing equality demand that private banks and other lenders put a temporary stop to foreclosures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The St. Louis Equal Housing and Community Reinvestment Alliance called on financial institutions to help people keep their 广西快3走势图s while the region is under a stay-at-广西快3走势图 order on Thursday, April 2. The requests include moratoriums on evictions for mortgage-backed properties and halting reports of past-due payments to credit bureaus.

Federal lenders and took action in March to protect consumers by temporarily stopping foreclosures. But some private lenders have not done so for 广西快3走势图owners in St. Louis, said Elisabeth Risch, assistant director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council.

“We want to make sure that people are protected, that they have options and that they’re able to stay in their house,” Risch said.

Wells Fargo, Bank of America and other large banks are allowing customers to defer payments on loans and mortgages. Regional lenders Red Dough and for people who have suffered financial losses from the pandemic.

The Equal Housing Opportunity Council has gotten some calls from concerned residents about making mortgage and rent payments, Risch said.

“We anticipate as this continues, as people really start to feel financial strains, that this is only going to get worse,” she said.

that the St. Louis Economic Development Partnership is offering to those who have been adversely affected by COVID-19. Commerce Bank, Busey Bank and eight other St. Louis-area banks announced on April 2 that they are giving the partnership $500,000 to help fund those loans.

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