Congress enacted the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) in 1977. The act requires regulated financial institutions to demonstrate that their deposit and credit services meet the convenience and needs of the local communities where they are chartered. The CRA further requires the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston to assess each state member bank's performance in its local communities under the CRA consistent with safe and sound operation. The sections below contain resources, tools, and examiner tips and best practices to assist state member banks with understanding regulatory requirements, assessing performance context factors, and enhancing the effectiveness and quality of their CRA programs. The goal of providing this information is to support state member banks with identifying needs and opportunities within their assessment areas and to streamline the CRA evaluation process.