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An Act, passed by congress in order to prevent the practice of redlining and disinvestments in central city areas. Redlining is a practice in which lenders refuse to make loans in certain geographic areas of a city. It is as if someone had taken a red pencil and drawn a line around the boundary of a neighborhood and said that no loans would be made in that neighborhood. Disinvestments is withdrawing funds and support of a particular neighborhood such as a riot-torn area.