National CAPACD Newsletter: February 2015

In this issue:

Happy Lunar New Year!
Welcome, Seema!
News from Our Members
People & Places Community Conference
Oakland Open House
Houston Regional Convening

Happy Lunar New Year!

As we celebrate the Year of the Sheep, National CAPACD wishes all of you good health, prosperity, and peace!

Welcome, Seema!

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We are pleased to officially welcome our new Director of Policy and Civic Engagement, Seema Agnani!

Seema Agnani has nearly 20 years of experience working in the community development and immigrant rights sectors, focused primarily on the challenges of providing housing, economic opportunity, and support systems for new immigrants.  She is a founder and former Executive Director of Chhaya CDC, a member of National CAPACD that works with New Yorkers of South Asian origin to advocate for and build economically stable, sustainable, and thriving communities. Chhaya CDC reaches thousands of new immigrants each year through its organizing, education, and service work.  She was formerly the Coordinating Consultant to the Fund for New Citizens at The New York Community Trust, where she managed a donor collaborative of more than 20 foundations supporting immigrant rights work in New York City. Seema also served as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at Citizens Committee for NYC, developing the core training curriculum and implementation of a capacity building program to support volunteer-run organizations addressing poverty and hunger. She began her work in New York City with Asian Americans for Equality where she stayed for eight years, initially as a project manager developing affordable housing, and later in other roles including fundraising, communications, and coordinating the Lower Manhattan Health Care Coalition. Her parents emigrated from India in the mid-sixties to Chicago where she was raised and earned a Masters in Urban Planning and Public Policy. 

News from Our Members

LITTLE TOKYO SERVICE CENTER

Ground Breaking and Opening of Casa Yondé

The Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance (‪KIWA) and Little Tokyo Service Center Community Development Corporation (LTSC) celebrated the grand opening of Casa Yondé, which provides 51 total units of affordable family housing including 18 units for homeless individuals and families, with ten units set aside for transition-age youth.

Casa Yondé is a collaboration between LTSC and KIWA to provide affordable family housing and supportive housing for low-income residents, homeless families, and transition-aged youth. 
 
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CHHAYA CDC
 
Report Release - Briefing and Discussion

Chhaya CDC with its parters is releasing ""Bridging the Gap: Overcoming the Barriers to Immigrant Financial Empowerment in Northwest Queens" on February 25th. 

The report, which is based on 253 surveys, will explore how immigrants in Northwest Queens save and manage money and the barriers they face in doing so. It will also highlight the complicated relationships immigrants have with banks and other mainstream financial services as well as tools and mechanisms that do or do not work in promoting immigrant financial integration. The report provides concrete suggestions for policy makers and financial institutions on how to improve financial empowerment for immigrant communities in Queens and across New York City. 

For more information and to attend the briefing: RSVP here

People & Places Community Conference

Don't forget to register for the People & Places Community Conference: March 4-6, 2015!

National CAPACD proudly co-hosts the People & Places Community Conference with its partners National Alliance of Community Economic Development Assocations (NACEDA), National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), and the National Urban League.

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Oakland Open House

National CAPACD recently moved to Uptown Oakland, located on the ground floor of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) office.  Staff from both DC and Oakland offices hosted an open house on February 12th and brought together many of our partners, affliates, and neighbors.

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Houston Regional Convening

On January 22nd, National CAPACD hosted our third regional convening in Houston, TX.  We would like to thank our member, Chinese Community Center, for being our local community host and a special thank you to U.S. Congressman Al Green for being our honorary host.

We bought together many of our members and partners to host a briefing and panel discussion on  the economic health of the local AAPI communities and to further develop our policy platform.

Thank you to our generous sponsors BBVA Compass, JPMorgan Chase, and Comcast for making it a successful event!

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