On December 31, 2015, the US Department of Housing and Development published the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule Guidebook with the Assessment of Fair Housing, taking the first major step in implementing the AFFH Rule published in July 2015. The AFFH rule seeks to better define how states, cities, public housing authorities and all other HUD program participants should both assess and act to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice and foster investments in inclusive communities that ensure access to opportunities.
In his final address to Congress on the state of our union, President Obama reflected on the tremendous progress we have made in the last few years and addressed important issues that we still need to work on-- issues that impact all of our local communities and neighborhoods, particularly low income communities of color. In these difficult times of rising economic inequality and racially motivated violence, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) applauds President Obama for his perseverance in pushing forward an agenda that ensures our country continues to move forward.
On November 17 - 18, 2015, eleven National CAPACD members from across the country convened in Oakland, CA to discuss small business development and increasing access to capital for AAPI entrepreneurs and the self-employed. This gathering was a critical step toward establishing our Small Business Network – a group of National CAPACD members engaged in supporting the development of micro-entrepreneurs and preservation of small businesses in AAPI communities across the country.
Gordon Chin started San Francisco Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a longstanding CDC well-known in the field, in the mid-1970s. In June 2015, he released Building Community, Chinatown Style, a book about his professional life, the founding and evolution of CCDC, and the future of community development. Josh Ishimatsu, director of Research and Capacity Building at the National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, and a regular Shelterforce contributor, spoke with Chin about where community development is going, and where it should go.
By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Research and Capacity Building at National CAPACD From: Rooflines Posted: November 17, 2015
In Miriam Axel-Lute’s recent post here, “Place Matters But Place Changes,” she references “a study done by Governing magazine that found a 20 percent gentrification rate for census tracts in the past decade in the largest 50 cities in the country, a greatly accelerated rate from the previous decade.” She goes on to note that, while an increase over past rates of gentrification, a 20 percent gentrification rate still means that 4 of 5 low-income neighborhoods are not gentrifying.
These are basic, straightforward conclusions to draw from the Governing study. However, there are a few huge, inter-related problems with the underlying study in being able to adequately describe our current round of gentrification.
This white paper highlights the initial success and momentum of the pilot project, Immigrant Integration Financial Capability Project, a 2014 nation-wide demonstration project that resulted in significant improvements in the financial capability of low-income, Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants.