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ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HURRICANE KATRINA EVACUEES NEED YOUR SUPPORT 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
9/1/2005 

Contact: Anh Phan - Director of Communications   
aphan@ocanatl.org
202-223-5500 

OCA National is actively soliciting donations for Asian Pacific American (APA) Hurricane Katrina evacuees through our local chapter, OCA-Houston. Thousands of the 30,000-50,000 Vietnamese and other APAs living in Louisiana have lost their homes and their livelihoods. For many, this is the second time in their lives that they have had to flee their homes with little more than the clothes on their backs. OCA is also reaching out to OCA members who live in or may have lived in the Gulf region as well as our Gates Millennium Scholars in the affected areas.  

APAs have also played an integral role in the hurricane relief efforts.  For example, Sheriff Harry Lee of Jefferson Parish, a Chinese American elected as sheriff off and on since 1979, has been involved with on the ground relief efforts.  He was quoted in the press as saying, "My daughter rang me, crying. She said, 'Daddy, can't you leave?' I said 'Yes, I can point my car west and step on the gas, but can I go and leave these people here? No, I cannot.'" 

Congressman Bobby Jindal (R-LA-01), an Indian American who was elected in 2004 and who was left homeless by the hurricane, introduced the Student Grant Hurricane and Disaster Relief Act (H.R. 3368) in the House of Representatives. The legislation will provide waiver authority to the Secretary of Education that would permit her to prevent low-income students from being forced to begin repaying their grants and scholarships, in full, if Hurricane Katrina forces them to interrupt their studies. Without the waiver, students whose studies have been interrupted by the effects of the hurricane would have been forced to begin repaying their grants and scholarships with no grace period.  The bill passed last week. 

The city of Houston was one of the first cities to accept the displaced residents. The OCA-Houston Chapter has been active in working and supporting the APA social service agencies that are providing direct service support.  This includes supporting BPSOS, HOPE Clinic, CCC, and many other APIA other organizations who are on the ground helping people with FEMA applications, Food Stamps, immediate vouchers for prescription medicine to the non-insured, food, and other assistance.  

The City of Houston currently has thousands of people coming and the local APIA community is working together to provide assistance to people in immediate need.   

OCA-Greater Houston has set-up an online donation system to assist in collecting online donations to be distributed to the 2 APIA community relief funds that do not have online donation capacity.  Please give what you can.  Go to www.ocahouston.org and click to make an online donation by credit card or Paypal. 

The Katrina disaster is not something that is short-term.  They are looking at a 4 month minimum time period where people will need shelter and assistance.  As the donation funds come in, assistance will be provided in the order of medical, food, shelter, and other basic needs.  If you are not making an online donation, please send checks to: 

CCC-Katrina CARE              
9800 Town Park
Houston, TX 77036.   

or 

Houston Asian Relief from Katrina (or HARK)
c/o Council Member Gordon Quan
P.O. Box 1562
Houston, Texas 77251 

501(c)3 Tax deduction information will be sent to all donors from these two funds. 

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"Founded in 1973, OCA, a national organization with over 80 chapters and affiliates across the country, is dedicated to advancing the social, economic, and political well-being of Asian Pacific Americans in the United States.”
    
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1001 Connecticut Ave., NW #601
Washington, DC 20036
Tel: 202-223-5500 Fax: 202-296-0540
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