Yesterday, the Senate confirmed San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro as the next Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. He replaces Secretary Shaun Donovan who earlier today was confirmed to serve as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget.
May 20, 2014 – Asian American and Pacific Islander communities from across the country have come together to launch the Immigrant Integration Financial Capability program, a pilot project, funded by the Citi Foundation, that will help low-income immigrants save and pay for the cost of citizenship, starting a business or other elements of the American Dream. The Chinese American Service League (Chicago, IL), Chinese Community Center (Houston, TX), Chhaya Community Development Corporation (Jackson Heights, NY) and Korean Resource Center (Los Angeles, CA) have been selected from a national pool to implement this innovative program.
National CAPACD applauds President Obama's nominations of Nani Coloretti to Deputy Secretary and Erika Moritsugu to Assistant Secretary for Congressional and Intergovernmental Relations at the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
National CAPACD seeks a highly motivated, flexible Program Assistant to join a dynamic and rapidly growing organization. The Program Assistant will provide critical support to National CAPACD’s Housing Counseling Program and support our evolving work in Asset Building and Community Development in the Oakland office.
Scholarships through our Next Generation Leadership Program are now available for National CAPACD members to join us at our 2014 Annual Convention, The Movement for Economic Justice: Changing Our Narratives Together at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park in Washington DC, June 8-11, 2014.
With the widening racial wealth gap and income inequality underscoring the continued barriers to economic mobility for many Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) and other underserved communities, National CAPACD is encouraged by the President’s commitment to ensuring economic opportunities and progress for all Americans.
Fifty years ago, President Johnson declared a War on Poverty to create and ensure opportunities for greater economic security for all Americans. Anti-poverty programs like Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Head Start, SNAP, and the Earned Income Tax Credit have been instrumental in creating pathways out of poverty for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders (AAPI), and other vulnerable communities.
On Tuesday, the Senate confirmed Representative Mel Watt as the new director of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). As the federal agency that oversees Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the Federal Housing Administration, Representative Watt will have a critical role in the future of our nation’s housing policy.
“This confirmation is encouraging news for many low-income Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities still struggling in the wake of the recession,” said Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development, “With a strong track record standing against predatory lending and supporting affordable housing opportunities in low-income communities of color, we are confident that Representative Watt will be an advocate for millions of Americans still seeking mortgage relief. We look forward to working with Representative Watt as he leads the FHFA into a new and promising direction.”
Spotlight: Asian American & Pacific Islander Poverty
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11:00am - 12:30pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center (SVC 200-201)
In the wake of the recession, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) poverty grew faster than most other ethnic groups, increasing by 38 percent from 2007-2011 (37 percent increase for Asian Americans and a 60 percent increase for Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders). Panelists will discuss the findings of National CAPACD’s recently released AAPI Poverty Report and the concerning trend of growing poverty in the AAPI community. The briefing will also include a discussion with local community based organizations to discuss promising strategies for addressing poverty and the broader economic needs in the AAPI community.