National CAPACD Newsletter: July 2013
"Building Foundations: Reflections from the Field" plenary, From left: Malcolm Yeung of the Chinatown Community Development Center, Michael Byun of Asian Services in Action, Inc., Seema Agnani of Chhaya Community Development Corporation
"Innovations in Community Development" plenary, From left: Mark Wilson of the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, Michelle Kauhane of the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement, Myrna Melgar of the Mission Economic Development Agency, and Kimberly Latimer-Nelligan of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (left to right)
All photos courtesy of Les Talusan Photography
- “Taking Initiative in our Neighborhoods” documents challenges and successes of the AAPI Communities Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods technical assistance (ACTION TA) program. A core program of National CAPACD, ACTION TA is a national network-building initiative that builds organizational and program capacity using a model grounded in cultural-competency and peer-to-peer support.
- “Integrated Financial Education and Asset Development Services within the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community” highlights innovative asset building and financial education strategies from practitioners across the country. Based on survey data from 43 community-based organizations, the report shows how they effectively deliver financial education and asset building to their communities. The report highlights successes from the field as well as opportunities for innovative programs that tie together asset building opportunities like individual development accounts with innovative culturally-competent financial education strategies.
- AAPI Poverty is Growing Dramatically: From 2007 to 2011, the number of AAPIs living below the federal poverty level increased by more than half a million.
- This 38% increase can be broken down into a 37% increase for Asian Americans in poverty and a 60% increase for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders in poverty.
- In comparison, the general poverty population grew by 27% during the same time period, with the Hispanic/Latino poverty population growing by 42% and the African American poverty population growing by 20%.
- The AAPI Poor Population is Concentrated: Over 50% of all AAPI poor live in 10 metropolitan areas (New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Honolulu, Seattle, San Jose, Houston, Sacramento, and Philadelphia). No other racial/ethnic poverty population is as concentrated in as few places. Approximately 30% of all AAPI poor live in only 3 metro areas (New York, Los Angeles, and San Francisco).
- AAPI Poor Disproportionately Face High Housing Costs: The 20 highest cost housing markets in the country contain almost half of all AAPI poor. No other racial/ethnic category has as high of a proportion of its poor population in these markets (closest is Hispanic/Latino).
- The AAPI Poor Population is Diverse: From 2000 to 2010, the US Census identified AAPI populations in poverty for 22 separate ethnic groups. The largest single group is non-Taiwanese Chinese at almost 450,000, followed by Asian Indian at over 245,000 and Vietnamese at 230,000. Hmong have the highest poverty rate at 27%, followed by Bangladeshi at 21% and Tongans at 19%.
These findings illustrate not only the challenges our neighborhoods continue to face in the wake of the recession, but also that economic recovery remains well beyond reach for millions of AAPIs across the country. National CAPACD calls on Congress, the federal government, the business community, and foundations to bring more resources to our neighborhoods, build the capacity of our local community based organizations, and develop public-private partnerships that bring greater investments to our communities.