ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER POVERTY GROWS IN WAKE OF RECESSION AAPI POVERTY POPULATION GROWS TO OVER 2 MILLION BETWEEN 2007 AND 2011
NEW YORK, NY – The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) unveiled findings from its recent Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Poverty Demographic Study at a press conference held earlier today at the Ford Foundation.
The “Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Poverty” study brings attention to communities in need and broadens the conversation about what it means to be AAPI in America. The study reveals that the AAPI poor population grew faster than most other ethnic groups from 2007-2011, increasing by 38% to over 2 million.
Asian Americans Face Significant Housing Discrimination According to Study by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
WASHINGTON, DC – Asian American homebuyers and renters face discrimination and adverse treatment as or more often than other communities of color when seeking a home, according to findings from a newly released study from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and The Urban Institute. The study, titled “Housing Discrimination against Racial and Ethnic Minorities 2012”, shows that discrimination is still widely prevalent in major metropolitan real estate markets across the country. Most alarmingly, the types and methods of discrimination uncovered by this study are generally undetectable by the home seekers themselves.
HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan Addresses AANHPI Community Leaders at National CAPACD’s 13th Annual Convention
WASHINGTON, DC – Last week, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Shaun Donovan addressed more than 200 community leaders representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities across the country as part of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development’s (National CAPACD) 13th Annual Convention. In his remarks, Secretary Donovan recognized the importance of National CAPACD’s network of housing counseling agencies in fighting foreclosures and ensuring access to affordable housing in our neighborhoods. The Secretary congratulated National CAPACD on becoming a HUD One CPD Technical Assistance provider with our partner, the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). He committed to engaging with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to meet the economic and housing needs of low-income AAPI communities and emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
National CAPACD Celebrates 10 Years of ACTION TA on First Day of 13th Annual Convention
WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, June 3rd, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) released a report, “Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods”, which highlights the first ten years of its AAPI Communities Taking Initiative in Our Neighborhoods (ACTION) technical assistance program. National CAPACD also released a report on integrated financial education and asset building opportunities in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Both reports, supported by Citi Community Development, were released during National CAPACD’s 13th Annual Convention, “Building Equity, Building Power: Redefining Community Development”, taking place in Washington, DC from June 3rd to June 5th.
President Obama Meets with National AANHPI Leaders
Executive Director Lisa Hasegawa of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) and 14 Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) leaders met with President Obama to discuss issues and challenges facing AANHPI families including implementation of the Affordable Care Act, how the President’s plans for immigration reform will affect our communities, and issues currently facing underserved Native Hawaiian communities.
“This historic meeting underscores the President’s commitment to our communities and certainly speaks to the growing political power of AANHPIs and the access we have in this Administration,” noted Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD. “With AA and NHPI populations growing faster than ever before, we appreciate the opportunity to speak candidly with the President about many of the most critical policies affecting our communities today."
Asian American Leaders Call for More Inclusive Immigration Bill
Senate legislation is step in right direction, but excludes needs of many immigrants
WASHINGTON — The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, released the following statement Wednesday regarding the introduction of an immigration reform bill in the U.S. Senate:
We commend the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators for taking a necessary first step in reforming our nation’s broken immigration system. Provisions in the bill, Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013, address the family and employment systems, path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and enforcement and border security, among others. However, we have significant concerns that certain provisions of the bill are not inclusive or broad-ranging enough. Our particular concerns are related to the changes in the family-based immigration system that will prevent families from reuniting with important loved ones; promoting business interests should not come at the expense of families.
NCAPA Urges Swift Confirmation of Perez for Labor Secretary
WASHINGTON – The National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA), a coalition of 30 national Asian Pacific American organizations, urges the prompt confirmation of Tom Perez as the next Secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor.
WASHINGTON, D.C.—At a summit with the monitor of the National Mortgage Settlement, the nation’s leading civil rights groups and community-based housing advocates called for increased principal reduction and more transparency in settlement implementation to ensure that communities of color are benefitting from loan modifications and other measures designed to help borrowers keep their homes.
National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development Statement on State of the Union Address
In his State of the Union address, President Obama outlined ambitious plans to restore the economy and ensure opportunity for all Americans. He underscored the need to protect investments in small business, job creation, and housing, and reiterated the importance of a fair and balanced approach to deficit reduction. The President specifically called upon Congress to avert looming across-the-board spending cuts – the sequester – that would dramatically scale back domestic federal programs and threaten the social safety net for millions of Americans.
National CAPACD Applauds HUD and Obama Administration on Anti-Discrimination Rules
The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development applauds the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Obama Administration for issuing their “disparate impact” regulations that further the goals of the Fair Housing Act. This disparate impact doctrine, now codified, is a powerful tool to combat redlining, housing discrimination, and predatory lending based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin. Laws and regulations that prohibit discrimination based on national origin provide important protections for limited English speaking individuals. This announcement today formalizes national standards to more effectively identify and combat fair housing discrimination.