ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HURRICANE
KATRINA EVACUEES NEED YOUR SUPPORT
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Anh Phan - Director of
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:
9800 Town Park
Houston, TX 77036.
Houston Asian Relief from Katrina
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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