WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 12, 2013) — U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan addressed more than 200 community leaders representing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities across the country last week as part of the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development’s (National CAPACD) 13th Annual Convention.
In his remarks, Secretary Donovan recognized the importance of National CAPACD’s network of housing counseling agencies in fighting foreclosures and ensuring access to affordable housing in our neighborhoods. The Secretary congratulated National CAPACD on becoming a HUD One CPD Technical Assistance provider with our partner, the National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). He committed to engaging with the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) to meet the economic and housing needs of low-income AAPI communities and emphasized the importance of public-private partnerships to build the capacity of community-based organizations.
“Over the past few years, Secretary Donovan has been a strong supporter of National CAPACD and understands the significant role that our member organizations play in addressing the housing and economic needs in our communities”, noted Lisa Hasegawa, Executive Director of National CAPACD. “We look forward to continuing our partnership with HUD to further shape the direction of national housing policy and ensuring that our communities are not left behind.”
Now in its 13th year, National CAPACD’s Annual Convention brought to Washington, DC staff and community leaders from National CAPACD member organizations serving AANHPI communities across the country. It is among the largest nationwide gatherings of community-based practitioners, policymakers, legislative representatives, corporations, and foundations working with underserved AANHPI communities. This year, participants took part in strategic conversations with policymakers around key issues affecting our communities today, including the continuing economic recovery and housing finance reform.
Following the conclusion of National CAPACD’s Convention, attendees participated in a rally calling for immigration reforms that keep families together as part of the Stand With Families: National AAPI Day of Action for Immigration Reform. Co-sponsored by National CAPACD, the event featured remarks by Representative Judy Chu (CA-27), Representative Jan Schakowsky (IL-9), Wade Henderson (President & CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), and immigrant advocates from across the country.
“The moment for immigration reform is now” remarked Hasegawa. “As we continue on a path to economic recovery, we cannot allow new immigrants and undocumented families to fall further behind. Rather, we must ensure that new Americans share the same rights as all Americans and have the financial and economic opportunities to fully participate in the future of our country.”
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National CAPACD is a national advocacy organization dedicated to addressing the community development needs of diverse and rapidly growing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities throughout the country.