WASHINGTON - Low-income and minority communities in the nation's capital were deprived of $1 billion in mortgage lending during the past three years, according to a new study.

Community First Inc., a nonprofit community activists organization, said banks here make far more loans to predominately white communities. If financial institutions had made the same percentage of loans in low-income and minority borrowers in 1991-93, they would have had to boost lending by $1 billion.

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