City First Bank and Broadway Federal Bank announced their merger on Wednesday. Combined, the lenders said they would have more than $1 billion in assets.
Los Angeles-based Broadway Federal is a community-oriented savings bank dedicated to providing conventional loans to minority consumers who often are ignored by mainstream commercial banks, according to the company's website.
City First, which is based in Washington DC, describes itself as an "impact-driven" institution that specializes in lending to underprivileged people and communities. Argrett said combining their resources will allow the two banks to accomplish more than they could separately.
"It gives us more lending power," Argrett said. "It brings additional financial capacity to be able to serve Back-owned businesses."