About National CAPACD
National CAPACD’s member-based network includes more than 100 community-based organizations and individuals, including community development corporations, preservation agencies, community-based social service providers, advocacy agencies, as well as national intermediaries and financial institutions. Our members are in 17 states, implementing innovative affordable housing, community development and community organizing strategies to improve the well-being of low-income AAPIs.
National CAPACD works cohesively to address core issues affecting AAPI communities through four key strategies:
Capacity-Building: increasing access to training, technical assistance and other resources for multiservice organizations serving low-income AAPI neighborhoods
Community Convenings: bringing our members together to learn, network, share resources and mobilize on issues facing low-income AAPI communities
Advocacy, Policy and Research: telling our stories through research and policy to increase the influence of AAPI communities in obtaining equitable resources
Leadership Development: building a pipeline of AAPI leaders and change agents working in housing, supportive services, and community and economic development.
National CAPACD was established to support nonprofit organizations working in economically distressed AAPI communities where AAPIs struggle with linguistic isolation, low educational attainment, poverty, high housing costs, housing overcrowding, and low homeownership rates. In 2000, 39% of AAPIs were limited English proficient (LEP) compared to 8% of the total United States population. LEP and low education levels constrain employment options for many AAPI immigrants and refugees forcing them into low-wage work. Poverty rates among immigrant and refugee Asian Americans in inner city neighborhoods and Pacific Islanders are higher than the national average.