National CAPACD Newsletter: December 2014
In this issue:
2014 has been a great year of growth and accomplishments! We could not have done it without your support and partnerships. Here are some highlights:
Program Successes and New Initiatives
- Supported 19 organizations through our housing counseling network to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to nearly 7,500 households. Through their support, 256 successfully became homeowners, 123 households avoided foreclosure and 277 obtained long term sustainable rental housing. In addition, we supported 68 counselors to receive training and provided funding support that leveraged nearly $1 million.
- Launched and expanded the Immigrant Integration Financial Capability Program, a national pilot project with 8 member organizations integrating culturally relevant financial products (Lending Circles) and both group and one-on-one financial counseling. In 2014, over 400 clients benefitted from these asset building services, with over 100 people participating in Lending Circles that raised approximately $55,000 in small-dollar social loans.
- Co-authored the “Banking in Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low- to Moderate-Income Communities” report with the National Council of La Raza and the National Urban League, which examines how low- to moderate-income households across various communities and states are meeting their financial needs, and the levels to which they are financially engaged.
- Launched a civic engagement program focused on community development organizations working in the top-5 metro regions for AAPI poverty (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle).
- Held a series of member focus groups about the future of community development which will be used to launch new community development programming in 2015.
- Provided technical assistance to the City of Honolulu for managing their Community Development Block Grant allocation process through our ACTION TA program.
- Released our Strategic Plan that unveiled our new priorities around racial justice and economic vitality.
Policy Advocacy and Actions
- Co-hosted AAPI roundtables with the Department of Labor, Department of Commerce, Small Business Administration, and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
- Co-hosted an AAPI roundtable with the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance on the impact of minimum wage policies on AAPI communities.
- Hosted regional convenings with our member organizations in Seattle, WA and St. Paul, MN to initiate an ongoing series of engagements with our network as we update our policy platform.
- Supported confirmations for Nani Coloretti (Deputy Secretary, Department of Housing and Urban Development), Esther Kia’aina (Assistant Secretary for Insular Affairs, Department of Interior), Chris Lu (Deputy Secretary, Department of Labor), and Erika Moritsugu (Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations, Department of Housing and Urban Development).
- Submitted public comments to federal agencies on proposed rules and issues impacting AAPI communities, including Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, reestablishing a government-to-government relationship with the Native Hawaiian community, improving data collected under the Home Mortgage Disclosure Act, Federal Housing Administration’s Homeowners Armed with Knowledge pilot program, and mobile financial services.
- Celebrated 50th anniversaries of the War on Poverty and the Civil Rights Act throughout the year, including our Executive Director’s participation in the Passing the Baton - The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice event at the Center for American Progress and a special series of blog posts on Rooflines.org, starting with "Poverty Today Looks Completely Different and That's Important."
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