This morning, the White House released the President’s “America First” budget blueprint, which includes deeply troubling cuts for nearly all federal government programs and agencies that invest in and contribute to the health and vibrancy of our communities. The proposal prioritizes increased military investments over programs that Americans across communities rely on every day. It suggests cutting all “non- defense” programs by $54 billion, including a $6.2 billion cut to the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).As a membership-driven organization comprised of nearly 100 community-based Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) organizations across the country, the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) strongly opposes this budget proposal, which would result in devastating losses for AAPI organizations, communities, and neighborhoods.
Today, the Senate confirmed Dr. Ben Carson as the new Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD is responsible for promoting fair housing and creating affordable and inclusive communities, and the actions of this department have immense consequences for communities of color. National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development (National CAPACD) has previously expressed concerns about Secretary Carson's limited experience in these areas. We urge him to support HUD to immediately address the critical housing challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and other communities of color.
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.
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.
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.