National CAPACD Newsletter: February 2015
In this issue:
As we celebrate the Year of the Sheep, National CAPACD wishes all of you good health, prosperity, and peace!
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.
LITTLE TOKYO SERVICE CENTER
Ground Breaking and Opening of Casa Yondé
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.
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
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.
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.
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!