Campaigns & Initiatives

A look at National CAPACD's past campaigns and initiatives:

Public Comments on HUD's Housing Counseling Certifcation Rule

December 12, 2013

National CAPACD supports HUD’s proposed rule to establish a baseline that ensures stability and consistency in the quality of housing counseling services. However, as our network provides culturally and linguistically-appropriate services rarely available from other, larger housing counseling agencies, the proposed rules cannot impact the availability of these services. We offer the following recommendations as HUD develops its final rule for housing counseling certifications. 
 
Our recommendations address three main concerns:
  • Compliance costs and certification fees
  • Staffing requirements for HUD certified agencies
  • Subject matter and topical requirements
 

Public Comments on HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule

September 17, 2013

National CAPACD and other national AAPI organizations provided public comments on the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule. We specifically encourage HUD to incorporate into the final AFFH rule guidance that encourages investment in low-income communities of color, maximizes economic benefits of HUD investments to low-income communities of color, and minimizes displacement of residents and families due to economic factors. Click here to view the comments in full.

The Fiscal Cliff

November 2012 - December 2012

The “fiscal cliff”, a combination of expiring tax cuts and across-the-board spending cuts (“sequestration”) was scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013. Steep spending cuts and abrupt tax hikes would have undermined our nation’s economic recovery while needlessly putting struggling families at risk. While deficit reduction should be a priority for Congress and the Obama Administration, it cannot be achieved at the expense of lower income Americans. Click here for more information.

Best Practices for Financial Education in AANHPI Communities

November 2, 2012

National CAPACD developed public comments in response to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's request for public information on financial education best practices. Drawing upon the expertise of partners Hawaiian Community Assets (HCA) and the Southeast Asia Action Resource Center (SEARAC), National CAPACD provided the CFPB with effective financial education models, trends, and success stories from financial education providers working in underserved AANHPI communities. Click here to view National CAPACD's comments.

Public Comments on CFPB's Mortgage Servicing Rules

October 9, 2012

National CAPACD provided public comments on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's proposed amendments to the Truth in Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Proceduces Act of 1974 (RESPA). Our comments were developed in cooperation with a network of foreclosure counselors currently serving AAPI communities in various states including California, Hawaii, Florida, Ohio, Massachusetts, and Illinois, among others. The final rule was formally released in February 2013. Click here to view National CAPACD's comments.

National 2012 AAPI Civic Engagement Project and Asian American Election Eve Poll

January 2012 - November 2012

National CAPACD piloted a Civic Engagement project with a core set of local community-based organizations to mobilize Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders to vote. The project provided funding, training, and support to 25 partner organizations in 14 states to work locally in conducting voter registration, get-out-the-vote activities, voter education, and leadership development for the 2012 elections.

In addition, National CAPACD, in partnership with the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) contracted with Latino Decisions, an opinion research firm to conduct a nonpartisan survey of Asian American voters on the weekend before the November 6, 2012 presidential election. Click here for more information.

Home for Good

June 2011 - November 2012

Home for Good (H4G) was a national campaign driven by individuals and organizations concerned about the enduring foreclosure and housing crisis.  H4G was designed to ensure that local and national leaders would not forget about the many who are on the brink of foreclosure, struggling to find an affordable rental, or losing critical resources—such as housing counseling—which have proven to help families hold on to their homes.  The three campaign principles of H4G were to stop needless foreclosures, to expand affordable rental housing, and to revive a sustainable path to homeownership. Click here for more information.

Housing and Community Development Policy Forum

May 7-9, 2012

National CAPACD hosted its first Housing and Community Development Policy Forum (HCD Policy Forum) from May 7-9 in Washington, DC. Over 80 community leaders and practitioners engaged in substantive dialogue to identify common program and policy priorities that will shape and influence national political discussions as communities across the country mobilized during the important election year. Click here for more information.

Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act (H.R. 1)

January 2011 - January 2012

The Full-Year Continuing Approptiations Act (H.R.1) - known also as the "Ryan Budget" - proposed dramatic cuts to safety net programs. Throughout the year, National CAPACD worked closely with community-based organizations and national advocacy groups to ensure that our communities' voices were heard. Click here for more information.