Publications & Briefs


Financial Findings for AAPI Seniors & Their Families 

By: National CAPACD

This report sheds light on the financial vulnerability and unique financial capability needs of the often overlooked Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) senior populations. National CAPACD conducted original research, and reviewed existing literature, to identify three factors that are essential to improving AAPI senior financial stability.

Our Neighborhoods: Asian American & Pacific Islander Anti-Displacement Strategies

By: National CAPACD & CNHA

This timely report highlights twenty-four innovative strategies used by community-based organizations across the country to address the increasing displacement of residents and small businesses in their neighborhoods, using the local context as a springboard for federal policy recommendations. 

The Critical Moments of Immigrant Integration

By: National CAPACD

This white paper highlights the initial success and momentum of the pilot project, Immigrant Integration Financial Capability Project, a 2014 nation-wide demonstration project that resulted in significant improvements in the financial capability of low-income, Asian/Pacific Islander immigrants.

Scrimping+Saving Report

By: National CAPACD

The report sheds light on the true financial vulnerability of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) - the fastest growing racial/ethnic group in the country.  This original research conducted with a national sample exposes how age, ethnicity, language and other variables influence this population's access to financial information, services and products.

Strategic Plan 2014-17 Executive Summary

By: National CAPACD 

We unveiled this strategic plan for 2014-17 at our annual convention this past June and continue to share it with our members, partners, and supporters at our gatherings around the country. Reactions have been positive, and our members are enthusiastic about working with each other and with National CAPACD to accomplish the goals of the plan. Our board, staff, and members are translating the plan into concrete actions. We believe that we will make strides every year to the end of the plan in 2017 and beyond, resulting in strong alignment between National CAPACD and its members, and, ultimately, improvement in the lives of low-income Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Banking in Color: New Findings on Financial Access for Low- and  Moderate-Income Communities

By National CAPACD, National Urban League, and the National Council of La Raza

As the United States shifts to a majority-minority population over the coming decades, banks and other financial institutions will need to develop new strategies and tools to engage the customers of the future: communities of color. This report examines how low- to moderate-income households across various communities and states are meeting their financial needs, and the levels to which they are financially engaged.  

Spotlight: Asian American and Pacific Islander Poverty

by Josh Ishimatsu

With the recent attention to Asians in the United States as a relatively economically successful population (e.g., the recently released The Rise of Asian Americans, Pew Research Center, 2012), it is easy to overlook the nearly two million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs collectively—AAs for the category of Asian Americans and NHPIs for the subcategory of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders) who live in poverty. This report is an attempt to focus attention on people in need and to broaden the conversation about what it means to be AAPI in America.

Taking Initiative in our Neighborhoods
From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities

by Josh Ishimatsu

This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies, and others who seek to effectively reach diverse low-income AAPI families and individuals, and invest in the communities in which they live.

Integrated Financial Education and Asset Development Services 
within the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

by Jane Duong and Arefa Vohra

The accumulation of savings and assets, whether through homeownership or other investments, has long been the means of climbing out of poverty and achieving economic security for lower income Americans. Current research has well documented the wealth gaps between white Americans, Latinos and African-Americans. Less well understood is the experience of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their ability to accumulate wealth and assets. Too often the experience of AAPIs is ignored or overly-simplified. However, upon closer examination, the housing and financial crisis of the last several years has led to greater insecurity and loss of wealth for many AAPI households. While some AAPIs live in relative prosperity, the lost of wealth and financial security is particularly acute among lower income AAPIs where poverty has increased significantly faster than the national population.
by Jane Duong
from Lima News, November 10, 2011
Why preservation of the HUD Housing Counseling Program is especially critical for limited-English speakers in low-income communities. 
by Gen Fujioka
from Progressive Planning, Winter 2011
Details transit oriented development (TOD) and its impacts on low-income communities of color.
by Gen Fujioka and Lisa Hasegawa
from Nonprofit Quarterly, Summer 2009
On the experiences of new Asian American immigrants and how community organizing and coalition building can play a critical role in developing mutual understanding among diverse enclaves.  
by National CAPACD and SEARAC
A study on the effects of the housing crisis among Southeast Asian communities in California's Central Valley.
by Paul Ong and Doug Miller
In spite of a long history of marginalization of and discrimination against Asian-Pacific Americans (APAs), there has been little policy-oriented research focusing on disadvantaged APA neighborhoods. This report seeks to provide baseline statistics for 17 poor APA neighborhoods across the United States as well as insights from a survey of community-based organizations.

Policy Briefs

Access for Limited English Proficiency Persons Needing
Community and Economic Development Assistance

National CAPACD Policy Brief
Advocating in support of making community and economic development programs more accessibile to LEP communities in need.

Need for Data to Support AAPI Community & Economic Development

National CAPACD Policy Brief
Highlighting the need for better data collection and disaggregation, especially among Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.

Supporting Community Development Organizations Serving
the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community

National CAPACD Policy Breif
Advocating in support of community development programs that benefit community-based organizations in low-income, ethnic enclaves.