Housing and Community Development Policy Forum

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2012 Housing and Community Development Policy Forum

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 a substantive dialogue to identify common program and policy priorities that will shape and influence national political discussions as communities across the country mobilize during this important election year.  Policy breakout sessions addressed issues related to housing counseling, small business, consumer protection, and affordable housing development.  Speakers included representatives from the National Council of La Raza, National Urban League, Half in Ten, and the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders.  We were also honored to have as our luncheon keynote speaker, Stuart Ishimaru, who recently joined the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau as the Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion. 
 
Participants then joined hundreds of AAPIs at the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA) Policy Summit the following day to integrate these priorities into a broad, national policy agenda. During the Policy Summit, concurrent roundtable breakout sessions with policymakers were held to discuss issues related to health care, education, civil rights, immigration, and housing and economic justice. During the Housing and Economic Justice roundtable session, organized by National CAPACD and the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, representatives from the Small Business Administration and HUD engaged in policy discussions with community advocates on issues related to affordable housing, financial stability, and small business and economic development needs of AAPIs. Panelists included Ron Fong (API Small Business Program), Maiko Winkler-Chin (SCIDpda), and Mamta Gurung (Chhaya CDC). The session was highlighted by closing remarks by CAPAC’s Housing Taskforce Chair, Congressman Al Green. As part of the NCAPA Policy Summit, a Blueprint for Action was also released and can be viewed and downloaded here
 
The HCD Policy Forum was held in conjunction with a week-long series of related Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events, including President Obama’s first major address to the AAPI community.
 
For pictures from the 2012 HCD Policy Forum, please visit the site of our official photographer, Les Talusan: