• National CAPACD Calls on Congress to Oppose the “Wrong Choice Act”


    Tomorrow, the House of Representatives is expected to vote to repeal most of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act (“Dodd-Frank”)  through the Financial Choice Act of 2017 (H.R. 10), more accurately known as the “Wrong Choice Act.” 

    The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) believes that public policy must combat the structural barriers to economic mobility for our communities and we strongly oppose this bill because it sets us back years of progress. Dodd-Frank put in place consumer protections and financial safeguards in response to the 2008 financial crisis that cost our nation 8.7 million jobs, $19 trillion in wealth, and nearly 10 million homes.

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  • President Trump’s 2018 Budget Attacks Vulnerable Communities

    On May 23, 2017, the Trump Administration unveiled its full Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 budget proposal, “A New Foundation for American Greatness.” The National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) rejects a budget proposal that dramatically reshapes the course of our nation’s federal spending and shows a blatant disregard for vulnerable Americans and low-income individuals. This budget severely diminishes anti-poverty and safety net programs through $1.5 trillion in non-defense discretionary cuts while increasing defense spending by half a trillion dollars. Ultimately, it starves our communities when we are in a time of most need.
    President Trump’s FY 2018 budget reaffirms the sentiment that our communities are not important to this Administration. While hard-working Americans families are being deprived of the programs they need to survive, this Administration is also planning to provide major tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans. Federal investments in affordable housing would be cut by nearly 15% compared to FY 2017 through overall decreased funding to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

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  • A Financial Capability Toolkit: Building Community, Creating Opportunity



    National CAPACD is pleased to announce the release of our Financial Capability Toolkit: Building Community, Creating Opportunity. Thanks to generous support from Citi Foundation and Citi Community Development, this toolkit is a culmination of best practices and lessons learned by seasoned practitioners and newcomers to the asset building field as they partnered with National CAPACD to deliver our immigrant integration financial capability framework. 

    View the toolkit here.


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  • Interview: Gordon Chin, Founding Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center

    By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Research and Capacity Building at National CAPACD

    Reposted from: Shelterforce

    Posted: January 29, 2016

    Gordon Chin started San Francisco Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a longstanding CDC well-known in the field, in the mid-1970s. In June 2015, he released Building Community, Chinatown Style, a book about his professional life, the founding and evolution of CCDC, and the future of community development. Josh Ishimatsu, director of Research and Capacity Building at the National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, and a regular Shelterforce contributor, spoke with Chin about where community development is going, and where it should go.

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  • In the News: Gentrification Is More Widespread Than You Think

    By: Josh Ishimatsu, Director of Research and Capacity Building at National CAPACD
    From: Rooflines
    Posted: November 17, 2015

    In Miriam Axel-Lute’s recent post here, “Place Matters But Place Changes,” she references “a study done by Governing magazine that found a 20 percent gentrification rate for census tracts in the past decade in the largest 50 cities in the country, a greatly accelerated rate from the previous decade.” She goes on to note that, while an increase over past rates of gentrification, a 20 percent gentrification rate still means that 4 of 5 low-income neighborhoods are not gentrifying.

    These are basic, straightforward conclusions to draw from the Governing study.  However, there are a few huge, inter-related problems with the underlying study in being able to adequately describe our current round of gentrification.

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  • National CAPACD's New White Paper: The Critical Moments of Immigrant Integration

    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.

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