WASHINGTON — Comptroller of the Currency Thomas Curry said Monday that heightened mortgage standards have improved credit risk but he's concerned certain potential borrowers are being squeezed out in the process.

"Increasing homeownership opportunities remains a high priority," said Curry in prepared remarks before the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance in Boston. "Because of the economic challenges facing minorities and lower income families, it is critical that we understand precisely what the barriers are to accessing mortgage credit, so that we can address them with appropriate strategies."

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