Total ‘low-income’ FCUs rises to 2,002

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Dec. 20, 2013 – NCUA announced Thursday that 2,002 federal credit unions now have the agency’s “low-income” designation and are eligible for all the benefits that designation bestows.

For a credit union to get this designation, a majority of the institution’s membership must meet low-income thresholds based on 2010 census data. With a low-income designation from NCUA, the credit union:

  • is exempt from the statutory 12.25 percent-of-assets cap on member business lending;
  • is eligible for Community Development Revolving Loan Fund grants and low-interest loans;
  • may accept deposits from non-members; and
  • is authorized to obtain supplemental capital.

NCUA said the 2,002 low-income credit unions have a combined total of nearly 20 million members and $176 billion in assets. They range from the very small to those institutions having more than $1 billion in assets.

“Low-income credit unions play an important role in their communities,” said NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz, “and the growth in the number of credit unions with the low-income designation could provide additional opportunities for investment in local economies.”

LICUs are also eligible for certification as community development financial institutions under Treasury’s CDFI Program.

Related Links:
NCUA announcement
CDFI Fund