For Immediate Release
June 19, 2013
ABA Media Contact: Meghan French
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ABA Awards Highlight Affordable Housing

Application deadline extended to June 28

​WASHINGTON — The American Bankers Association has extended the application deadline for its Community Commitment Awards to June 28. The Community Commitment Awards recognize innovative and high impact projects and programs in six categories, including ‘Affordable Housing’ – a topic of particular importance during “American Housing Month.” ABA will present the awards at its annual convention in New Orleans October 20-22.

“Banks across the country are helping stabilize their communities by investing in local, affordable housing,” says Frank Keating, ABA president and CEO. “The Community Commitment awards are an opportunity for ABA to applaud them for their great work.”

In 2012,  the winner of the ‘Affordable Housing’ category was Doral Bank in San Juan, Puerto Rico, for d’Hogares (of Homes), a two-part social outreach program that to date has helped more than 25,000 families keep their homes through loss-mitigation and home donation programs.

The other five categories include small business lending, economic development, financial education, volunteerism and philanthropy, and sustainable banking. The awards are open to banks of all asset classes, and banks will be judged by a panel of experts unique to each category.  For more information on the awards, visit

To learn more about what banks are doing in celebration of “American Housing Month,” go to:

The American Bankers Association represents banks of all sizes and charters and is the voice for the nation’s $14 trillion banking industry and its two million employees. The majority of ABA’s members are banks with less than $185 million in assets. Learn more at
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