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Ponce Bank Receives $1,826,265 in Federal Economic Relief Funds To Aid Lending to Small Businesses in Communities in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens and Union City, New Jersey 

NEW YORK, June 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PDL Community Bancorp (the “Company”) is pleased to announce that on June 15, 2021, Ponce Bank (the “Bank”), a subsidiary of the Company and the community bank champion of families and small and medium-sized businesses in underserved communities, was informed by the United States Department of the Treasury that it will receive $1,826,265 in federal Economic Relief Funds for Small Businesses. Ponce Bank, a Community Development Financial Institution (“CDFI”) and a Minority Depository Institution (“MDI”), focuses on underserved communities in The Bronx, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, New York and Union City, New Jersey.

The federal funds are being granted under the Treasury's CDFI Rapid Response Program (“CDFI RRP”), which seeks to provide needed capital for CDFIs in order for them to respond to the economic challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and its disparate effects on minority communities, such as those served by Ponce Bank. Treasury set aside $1.25 billion nation-wide for investment in these communities. 

Carlos P. Naudon, President of Ponce Bank, stated, “This program is an essential step in meeting the needs of our communities. The new funding will enable us to deploy, within the next 60 to 90 days, enhanced and expanded lending programs for small businesses in our communities. The receipt of the Treasury’s CDFI RRP funds acknowledges the huge effort it takes to assist meaningfully small businesses in communities that have been disparately impacted by the pandemic. We plan to target really small businesses — those who gross about $400 per day. These are small businesses with very few employees, yet they are the lifeblood of our communities and the base for economic development. Unfortunately, as Secretary Yellen courageously acknowledged, small businesses owned by people of color suffered more from the slowdown created by the pandemic and continue to have more limited access to capital.”

Ponce Bank has a long and respected history of supporting businesses and individuals in minority and underserved communities throughout New York City and Northern New Jersey. “These are underserved communities; not undeserving communities,” Naudon stresses. Ponce Bank was recently named the top Latino bank in the country by MightyDeposits.com for Ponce’s delivery on its commitments to its communities; MightyDeposits.com cited, among other factors, that 89% of Ponce Bank’s deposits are invested in its communities.

According to Treasury, CDFI RRP grant funds will be used to support eligible activities such as financial products, financial services, development services, and certain operational activities, and to enable CDFIs to build capital reserves and loan-loss reserves. The CDFI Fund designed the program to disburse the funds rapidly in light of the nationwide economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CDFI RRP was authorized by the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021.

“This is the first time these funds are becoming available in a impactful amount,” Mr. Naudon explains. “It really is unprecedented. We are pleased to have been selected to participate in this essential program, and look forward to playing an important role in helping these small businesses to get back up and running once again.”

About PDL Community Bancorp

PDL Community Bancorp is the financial holding company for Ponce Bank and Mortgage World Bankers, Inc. Ponce Bank is a federally chartered savings association. Ponce Bank is designated a Minority Depository Institution, a Community Development Financial Institution, and a certified Small Business Administration lender. Ponce Bank’s business primarily consists of taking deposits from the general public and to a lesser extent from alternative funding sources and investing those deposits, together with funds generated from operations and borrowings, in mortgage loans, consisting of 1-4 family residences (investor-owned and owner-occupied), multifamily residences, nonresidential properties and construction and land, and, to a lesser extent, in business and consumer loans. Ponce Bank also invests in securities, which consist of U.S. Government and federal agency securities and securities issued by government-sponsored or government-owned enterprises, as well as, mortgage-backed securities, corporate bonds and obligations, and Federal Home Loan Bank stock. Mortgage World Bankers, Inc. is a mortgage lender operating in five states. As a Federal Housing Administration (“FHA”)-approved Title II lender, Mortgage World Bankers, Inc. originates and sells to investors single family mortgage loans guaranteed by the FHA, as well as conventional mortgages.

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Frank Perez
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