National CAPACD Newsletter: September 2012
NCAPA Platform Release
Last Thursday, the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 31 national AAPI-serving organizations, released its2012 Policy Platform. Every four years, NCAPA develops and presents a comprehensive set of policy recommendations related to the AA & NHPI community in the issue areas of Civil Rights, Education, Health, Housing and Economic Justice, and Immigration. NCAPA's Housing and Economic Justice committee, co-chaired by National CAPACD and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) have put forth recommendations regarding:
1. Community development and affordable rental housing and homeownership
National CAPACD Civic Engagement Project
This year, National CAPACD launched a pilot Civic Engagement project with a core set of local community-based organizations and national partners to mobilize Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders around the country to vote. The project provides funding, training, and technical assistance to 25 partner organizations in 14 states. National CAPACD partners are coordinating multi-faceted projects; from voter registration, voter education, and Get Out The Vote activities to leadership development and generating media attention on the role of AAPIs in the 2012 elections. National CAPACD partners are also participating in the Home for Good campaign, a joint effort between National CAPACD and other national organizations to raise awareness and mobilize grassroots community members around housing policy issues.
There are 16 million AAPIs making up 5% of the total U.S. population. There has been a 46% increase in population growth since 2000. Sadly however, the overwhelming myth that all AAPIs have succeeded economically and professionally ignores the reality of an underserved and ignored community in today’s policy debates. Yet, the potential for growth exists. The AAPI citizen voting age population has increased in the last 10 years by more than 100,000 in 10 states but is among the most under-registered constituencies.
AAPIs should not be left out; AAPIs can play an impactful role in the 2012 elections and beyond. This project will support National CAPACD’s interest in building greater capacity, a clear long-term strategy and strong infrastructure towards its mission to build a powerful voice for the community development needs of AAPI communities.
Join us for the Home for Good Campaign!
- Stop needless foreclosures
- Expand affordable rental housing
- Revive a sustainable path to homeownership
As both presidential candidates continue to shape their messaging and policy priorities, we are encouraging all to join our partners this week in issuing statements, writing op-eds, and holding press conferences to urge both presidential candidates to address the many housing issues still affecting our neighborhoods.
Asian Services in Action, Inc.
Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance - Las Vegas
Hawaiian Community Assets
Asian American Homeownership Counseling
Chinese Progressive Association - San Francisco
Lao Assistance Center, Minnesota
Orange Country Asian and Pacific Islander Community Alliance
Don't be left out! Register to vote now and make sure your voice is heard.
For more information on National Voter Registration Day, please check out the official website.
The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC) and the Federal Reserve have again extended the deadline to apply for a free Independent Foreclosure Review (IFR) from September 30th to December 31, 2012.
In response to servicer misconduct, 14 major loan servicers are now offering eligible borrowers a free and impartial IFR by an independent consultant to identify those who may have been financially injured due to errors, misrepresentations or other deficiencies in their foreclosure process.
In addition, the OCC and Fed released their “Financial Remediation Framework”, which establishes baseline criteria for remediation to ensure consistency in the IFR process. This framework mandates that “similarly situated” borrowers are treated consistently if third-party reviewers determine financial injury occurred. The framework is also available to the public so that individuals that are considering submitting an IFR application can understand the process and what their compensation could be.
For more information on the Independent Foreclosure Review and the Financial Remediation Framework - including instruction guides in nine languages including Hmong, Vietnamese, Korean, and Mandarin - please visit the National CAPACD website.
Roundtable and appearance by Chicago Alderman Ameya Pawar (47th District)
Thank you to the following people with whom this event would not have been made possible: Alex Tsao, volunteer; Esther Wong and Leah Zhang of the Chinese American Service League; Seema Agnani, Lynette Lee, National CAPACD Board Members; Dary Mien and Kathy Reun, staff of the Cambodian Association of Illinois.
Please save the evening of Monday, December 10th, as National CAPACD will host a holiday party and networking reception in Washington, DC.
More details about this event will be announced in the coming days. Please check back on our website and Facebook for the latest updates!
National CAPACD Membership
If you are already a National CAPACD member, please remember to send your membership dues for 2012! To inquire about your current membership status, please contact Kevin (email@example.com) or Melvin (firstname.lastname@example.org).