January 9, 2012 – 1:59 pm

People for People CDCU, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, has the dubious distinction of being the first credit union of the new year to be placed into conservatorship by the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).

The National Credit Union Administration (NCUA) today assumed control of service and operations at People for People Community Development Credit Union (CDCU), a state-chartered, federally insured credit union, in Philadelphia. While continuing normal member services, NCUA will work to resolve issues affecting the institution’s safety and soundness.

Deposits at People for People CDCU remain federally protected. Administered by NCUA, the National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund (NCUSIF) continues to insure individual accounts at People for People CDCU up to $250,000. The NCUSIF, like the FDIC’s Deposit Insurance Fund, has the backing of the full faith and credit of the U.S. Government.

Service to People for People CDCU’s 1,561 members will continue uninterrupted. Members can continue to conduct normal financial transactions—deposit and access funds, make loan payments, and use shares. People for People CDCU serves an underserved 14.3 square mile area of north Philadelphia. The credit union reported assets of $1.1 million as of Sept. 30, 2011.

The decision to conserve a credit union enables the institution to continue regular operations with expert management in place, correcting previous service and operational weaknesses. During conservatorship, members may therefore continue to conduct business at the credit union.

The Federal Credit Union Act authorizes the NCUA Board to appoint itself as conservator when necessary to conserve the assets of a federally insured credit union, protect members’ interests, or protect the NCUSIF. The Pennsylvania Department of Banking, which chartered People for People CDCU, concurred with the conservatorship decision. People for People CDCU is the first federally insured credit union placed into conservatorship during 2012.

Members who have questions about the conservatorship may review the People for People CDCU Frequently Asked Questions document attached to this release and found at http://www.ncua.gov/News/Pages/AllNewsSummary.aspx.​