National CAPACD Newsletter: October 2013

Applications for the 2013-2014 Community in the Capital Fellowship Program Now Available!
 
Please note that we have changed the format of CITC from its original 3-day advocacy convening to a year-long fellowship program. 
 
National CAPACD is currently accepting applications for the Community in the Capital 2013-2014 Fellowship Program (CITC). CITC is a year-long program that provides 10-15 experienced management-level staff from our Member organizations with opportunities to build strategic relationships with other community leaders; deepen their perspectives on critical issues and concerns impacting AAPI communities at the federal level; develop a coordinated national and local advocacy strategy around an identified AAPI policy agenda; and engage with federal agencies, elected officials and national advocacy organizations.
 
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2011 Community in the Capital
 
This year's program will address the growing poverty in AAPI communities by focusing on federal policies that support asset building strategies to achieve economic security. CITC Fellows will examine the federal government’s role in ensuring that low-income communities have opportunities to achieve economic security through good jobs, affordable homes, and fair financial products.
 
 
 
AAPI Poverty Report – San Francisco Briefing
 
On Monday, September 23, National CAPACD, in partnership with the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Asian American Partners in Philanthropy (AAPIP), hosted a briefing on the National CAPACD AAPI Poverty Report
 
The event featured panel discussions around ways to address rapidly growing poverty in AAPI communities. Speakers during the event included Peggy Saika of AAPIP, Malcolm Yeung of the Chinatown Community Development Center, Joshua Simon of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Peggy Jen of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, and National CAPACD’s Josh Ishimatsu, author of the report.
 
 
Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Roundtable on Ending the Racial Wealth Gap
 
On September 18th, Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD, participated in a Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee Roundtable – “Closing the Wealth Gap: Empowering America to Reach their Full Economic Potential for Growth and Job Creation”
 
The roundtable, chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu (LA), focused on the importance of minority-owned small businesses in closing the widening wealth gap. Participants discussed the sources of barriers that confront minority businesses, including disparities and discrimination in access to resources and networks that help businesses grow and thrive. The roundtable also provided an opportunity to discuss effective strategies and solutions, within the Committee’s jurisdiction, that build wealth in historically disadvantaged communities.
 
Support for AAPI small business owners is critical to spur investment, create jobs, and address growing poverty in our communities, especially with Asian Americans owning more than half of all minority-owned businesses with hired employees. National CAPACD will continue to work with Senator Landrieu and the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee to ensure that the concerns of our communities are heard. 
 
 
 
Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement honors National CAPACD with 2013 Philanthropy Award 
 
National CAPACD was presented with the 2013 Philanthropy Award at the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement’s (CNHA) 12th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention. The award recognizes National CAPACD’s partnership with CNHA to secure long-sought federal recognition for Native Hawaiians and our work together to address the housing and community development needs of Native Hawaiian families.
 
“National CAPACD is humbled and honored to receive this award during CNHA’s Native Hawaiian Convention,” noted Lisa Hasegawa. “National CAPACD is committed to advocating for the federal recognition of Native Hawaiians and ensuring that the needs and priorities of Native Hawaiian communities are addressed.” 
 
 
Chinatown Community Development Center’s Rev. Norman Fong receives White House Champions of Change Award 
 
Last week, Rev. Norman Fong, executive director of the Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC) in San Francisco and National CAPACD board member, was recognized as a White House Champion of Change for Community Preparedness and Resilience. The Champions of Change program was created by the White House to feature individuals, businesses, and organizations doing extraordinary things to empower and inspire members of their communities. 
 
The White House recognized Rev. Fong for his work to engage residents and develop grassroots leadership to promote improved quality of life, quality housing, and safe communities. Rev. Fong created a youth-led-and-run Adopt-an-Alleyway program to improve the conditions in Chinatown through neighborhood and alleyway clean-ups and a Chinatown Alleyway Tours program. The success of the alleyway program in connecting youth to their community led to the development of additional youth programs that serve seniors and residents of Single Room Occupancy Hotels with emergency and disaster preparedness training.
 
 
National Fair Housing Media Campaign
 
National CAPACD’s Housing Counseling Network is partnering with the National Association of Latino Asset Builders (NALCAB) and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to participate in a National Fair Housing Media Campaign that connects HUD with consumers who face discriminatory housing practices. Consumers are encouraged to visit www.hud.gov/fairhousing for more information on fair housing. 
 
The launch of the National Fair Housing Media Campaign will take place on Thursday, October 3 at the Southeast Tennis and Learning Center in Washington, D.C. at 7:30PM EST.  
 
Like us on Facebook and follow us @CAPACD on Twitter for the latest information and updates on this campaign!
 
 
Job Announcements
 
National CAPACD is now hiring for three new positions! Join our team! 
 
Asset Building Project Manager (Oakland, CA)
 
The Project Manager will build the capacity of organizations to integrate a continuum of financial education and empowerment strategies that increase the financial capability of low-income AAPIs to save, build credit, reduce debt, and invest in their economic future. In addition, the Project Manager will work with local practitioners to advance federal policies that reduce the racial wealth gap and create a pathway for economic security for low-income communities of color. Read the full job announcement here. 
 
Events and Fundraising Manager (Oakland, CA OR Washington, DC)
 
The Events and Fundraising Manager will plan and execute our annual DC convention of 200-300 attendees from local nonprofit organizations around the country. In addition, the Events and Fundraising Manager will be responsible for coordinating fundraising events throughout the year. Read the full job announcement here.
 
Grants Manager (Oakland, CA OR Washington, DC)
 
The Grants Manager will be responsible for managing all incoming grants to the organization. Funders include both government and private foundations. Also, the Grants Manager will work closely with program staff to keep track of sub-grants disbursed to local organizations. Read the full job announcement here.
 
 
Federal Policy Updates
 
2014 Budget Update - Government Shutdown and the Debt Ceiling
 
The fiscal year ended this past Monday without a budget deal agreed upon by Congress, forcing a federal government shutdown for the first time in 17 years. The stalemate centered around Republican demands to defund or delay the Affordable Care Act as part of any budget deal. Congress is now looking at a possible short-term continuing resolution (CR) that would fund federal operations at current sequestration spending levels while providing additional time for the Republican-led House and Democratic-led Senate to come to an agreement that funds the government in the new fiscal year. 
 
With the government now shutdown, “non-essential” services have been suspended. However, services deemed “essential” for the safety of life and protection of property – such as national security, police, firefighting, Social Security and Medicare benefits – continue to operate. For more information on specific federal agency contingency plans, click here.
 
  • The processing or closing of FHA-insured loans is expected to be delayed
  • HUD will continue to make payments for Section 8 contracts, rent supplement, section 236, or PRACS that have permanent or multi-year funding
  • HUD will continue to disburse CDBG, HOME funds and other block grant funds in cases where failure to address issues result in a threat to safety of life and protection of property
  • For more details, download the full HUD Contingency Plan
This latest battle on the federal budget is a prelude to another upcoming fight as the United States approaches its borrowing limit. Congress must once again vote to raise the debt ceiling, which allows our government to pay debts it has already incurred. Defaulting on our national debt would be catastrophic for the recovery effort and would damage our nation’s credit rating for years to come, if not permanently. Interest rates would spike, increasing the price of lending across the board, which would inevitably increase the deficit even more, and possibly throw the country back into recession.
 
A government shutdown and default will take a heavy toll on the American economy, and will undoubtedly hit underserved communities very hard. As Congress addresses these issues, National CAPACD will continue to advocate for solutions with a balanced approach that protects the social safety net and does not disproportionately impact the most vulnerable in our communities.
 
HUD Releases Long-Awaited Housing Counselor Certification Rule
 
HUD has released proposed regulations establishing a certification process for individual housing counselors. Currently, while grantee agencies are HUD-certified, individual housing counselors within those organizations are not. This rule will require all housing counselors working for HUD-certified grantee organizations to acquire a certification by passing a standardized written examination. 
 
The exam would cover six major areas of housing counseling, including (1) financial management; (2) property maintenance; (3) responsibilities of homeownership and tenancy; (4) fair housing laws and requirements; (5) housing affordability; and (6) avoidance of, and responses to, rental and mortgage delinquency and avoidance of eviction and mortgage default. For an organization to become HUD-certified, all individuals through which the organization provides counseling must be certified as competent to provide such counseling. 
 
 
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Public Comments
 
National CAPACD and several national AAPI organizations recently submitted joint public comments on HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule released last month. The rule clarifies obligations to affirmatively further fair housing and is an important step towards ensuring HUD grantees more proactively promote fair housing and develop more inclusive, diverse, and vibrant communities. 
 
As part of the submitted comments, we recommended that HUD “strengthen rule language to ensure that strategies to reduce barriers to people living where they want do not add barriers for people to improve where they already live. The final rule must clarify that affirmatively furthering fair housing includes investing in resources and projects in minority neighborhoods with high concentrations of poverty that support and enhance existing community assets that are essential for the well-being of its residents.” Read the full comments here.