National CAPACD Newsletter: June 2012

KRC’s Hee Joo Yoon is Champion of Change, Meets President Obama

105 On April 26th, Hee Joo Yoon of the Korean Resource Center (KRC) in Los Angeles met with President Obama as part of the “Champions of Change” program’s one-year anniversary.  In an hour-long discussion with the President, Ms. Yoon and eleven other Champions discussed their work in the community while highlighting important issues and challenges that continue to face low-income neighborhoods today.

Part of the President’s “Winning the Future” initiative, the Champions of Change program highlights groups of Champions working in different fields, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, have been recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities. For more information about the White House Champions of Change program, visit the White House website.
 
“KRC’s work in Los Angeles’s Koreatown has helped many families to avoid foreclosure and is especially critical as our communities recover from the downturn.  Hee Joo has been instrumental in KRC’s success and her recognition by President Obama as a Champion of Change is certainly well-deserved”, noted Lisa Hasegawa, executive director of National CAPACD.
 
National CAPACD Housing and Community Development Policy Forum
 
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​National CAPACD hosted its first Housing and Community Development Policy Forum (HCD Policy Forum) from May 7-9 in Washington, DC. Over 80 community leaders and practitioners engaged in a substantive dialogue to identify common program and policy priorities that will shape and influence national political discussions as communities across the country mobilize during this important election year.  Policy breakout sessions addressed issues related to housing counseling, small business, consumer protection, and affordable housing development.  Speakers included representatives from the National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Half in Ten, and the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders.  We were also honored to have as our luncheon keynote speaker, Stuart Ishimaru, who recently joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. 
 
Participants then joined hundreds of AAPIs at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Policy Summit the following day to integrate these priorities into a broad, national policy agenda. During the Policy Summit, concurrent roundtable breakout sessions with policymakers were held to discuss issues related to health care, education, civil rights, immigration, and housing and economic justice. During the Housing and Economic Justice roundtable session, organized by National CAPACD and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, representatives from the Small Business Administration and HUD engaged in policy discussions with community advocates on issues related to affordable housing, financial stability, and small business and economic development needs of AAPIs. Panelists included Ron Fong (API Small Business Program), Maiko Winkler-Chin (SCIDpda), and Mamta Gurung (Chhaya CDC). The session was highlighted by closing remarks by CAPAC’s Housing Taskforce Chair, Congressman Al Green. As part of the NCAPA Policy Summit, a Blueprint for Action was also released and can be viewed and downloaded here
 
The HCD Policy Forum was held in conjunction with a week-long series of related Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events, including President Obama’s first major address to the AAPI community.  For more highlights on the HCD Policy Forum, please visit our website
 
Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Convening
 
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National CAPACD is proud to have hosted and supported the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Convening from May 7-9 in Washington, DC. With the support of Southwest Airlines and the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans, over 40 NHPI community leaders from all over country gathered to contribute to the development of a national NHPI policy platform and help shape the vision for a national NHPI network. As part of the convening, attendees also participated in a White House meeting with the U.S. Census Bureau and the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.    

Lisa Hasegawa remarked, “It was not only an experience of a lifetime, but a huge leap forward for NHPI community empowerment, and coordinated representation at national policy tables.  I truly believe that we will look back and mark this gathering as the beginning of something amazing.”   

Join the 2012 Home for Good campaign! 

108 Please join National CAPACD, the National Council of La Raza, National Urban League and other civil rights leaders in participating in the Home for Good campaign and help keep families in their homes for good! 

We are engaging community leaders and cultivating champions to energize a base around housing issues.  Our ultimate goal is to help shape the debate on housing policy and elevate the real threats to preserve housing opportunity for all. The Home for Good campaign will challenge presidential candidates to: 

  1. Stop needless foreclosures
  2. Expand affordable rental housing
  3. Revive a sustainable path to homeownership

Partners can support the campaign in a variety of ways:

  • Show your support of the H4G campaign by adding your organization’s name to the petition requesting presidential candidates to seek sensible housing reform
  • Host or co-host regional town halls or rallies on housing issues such as affordable and workforce housing, maintaining homeownership opportunities, neighborhood stabilization and recovery, foreclosure prevention, and immigrant housing rights 
  • Disseminate the H4G consumer voter guide (Spanish version)—a voter guide that cites major pieces of consumer legislation and how congressional members voted on them.
  • Be part of the echo chamber on housing issues with local media
 
For more information about joining the campaign, visit the official Home for Good website or email Melvin Tabilas at Melvin@nationalcapacd.org for more information about how to get involved in the campaign. 
 

National CAPACD ACTION Technical Assistance (TA) Program - Grants Now Available    

If you are a National CAPACD member organization and interested in providing or receiving Technical Assistance for Community Economic Development in the subject matter areas of (1) Small Business Assistance, (2) Asset Building or (3) Community Planning, please visit our website.  Our ACTION Program will provide each TA recipient with 4 TA group sessions, 8 hours of individual consulting, funding to attend our annual convention, and a small grant.  There will be a non-mandatory informational webinar for members interested in applying for the program on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 3pm Eastern time, noon Pacific, 9am Hawaii. 

For more information on the ACTION Technical Assistance Program or the webinar, please contact Josh Ishimatsu at josh@nationalcapacd.org.
 
Interested in Joining Small Business Assistance or Real Estate Development Working Groups?
 
At our recent Housing and Community Development Policy Forum, we convened separate discussion groups around Federal Small Business Policy and Community-based Real Estate Development.  At both sessions, there were high levels of interest to “talk shop”; in fact, folks were probably more interested to talk broadly about their areas of work than to focus on the more narrow agenda of reviewing the policy platform.  This pent-up desire to talk shop represents a long-held ambition of both National CAPACD staff and member organizations to regularly convene groups of community-based practitioners to help support our work in a number of different ways: (1) share best practices and other technical/practical knowledge, (2) test new ideas and approaches, (3) provide peer-to-peer group therapy, (4) spread information/advocate for public policy initiatives, etc.  
 
If you have any interest in joining, supporting, or helping National CAPACD member organization working groups in the subject matter area of either Small Business Assistance OR Community-based Real Estate Development, please contact Josh Ishimatsu at  josh@nationalcapacd.org.  Ideas about how to better convene these working groups (e.g., technological platforms, topics for more focused/moderated discussions, etc.) are also welcome.