Policy and Advocacy
Telling Our Stories, Building a Powerful Voice
National CAPACD aims to “tell our stories” by forging an AAPI community action research and policy agenda around the housing, community and economic development needs of low-income AAPIs. We engage in policy advocacy and promote participatory action research to increase the influence of AAPI communities nationally to obtain equal access and equitable resources.
Working with our broad base of member organizations, as well as with institutions whose efforts have traditionally not included AAPIs, National CAPACD facilitates partnerships with academic institutions in order to produce more applied research about our communities and advocates for policy and legislation to address the housing and economic development needs of low-income AAPIs.
National CAPACD Executive Director Lisa Hasegawa speaks at the U.S. Capitol
National CAPACD Policy Priorities
The four broad issue areas that ground National CAPACD’s programmatic and policy efforts are:
Access to Housing - Low-income AAPIs face a lack of quality, affordable housing in our communities and a significant homeownership gap. Homeownership rates of AAPIs continue to lag behind the national average of 66.2 percent. In addition, the presence of large families with low incomes mean that many AAPI households face difficulties in finding housing that is both large enough and affordable.
Data Policy - Low income AAPI communities are underserved by federal and other national housing, community and economic development programs because data about our diverse communities is not funded, not collected, not disaggregated by ethnic group or not included in the analysis. Despite significant housing, community and economic development needs in AAPI communities, many Americans, including government agencies and funders, mistakenly believe that all AAPIs are well-educated and well-off in comparison with other people of color, and hence need little support.
Economic Justice - Income inequalities are increasing in the U.S., creating even greater challenges for low-income AAPIs, immigrants and those who are limited English proficient. AAPIs are among those who have the highest income and those who are the lowest wage earners. Although the median AAPI income is higher than the national median, incomes for some specific ethnic groups are substantially lower than the national median. AAPI poverty rates are also higher than the national median, with poverty especially high among specific ethnic groups.
Community Preservation and Revitalization - Neighborhoods that were historically Asian enclaves are disappearing and are threatened by major commercial developments and gentrification. At the same time, there are burgeoning Asian American and Pacific Islander business districts that appear to be thriving. Many AAPI-serving community based organizations and arts are cultural organizations are still not connected to many of the programs and initiatives that support sustainable small business growth and invest capital into low-income and minority communities.