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Access to safe and affordable housing is an important human right.  Housing issues, including housing discrimination, access to culturally & linguistically appropriate housing counseling, home ownership initiatives, and housing quality and affordability, affect Asian American and Pacific Islander communities across the United States.  Census data show that Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and immigrant communities continue to face housing and economic disparities, with the home ownership rates for Asian Americans and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders (NHOPIs) much lower than the national home ownership rate.  Research by the Department of Housing and Urban Development revealed that AAPIs in large metropolitan areas face considerable levels of discrimination when searching for housing, requiring greater community education efforts about, and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act.1

Passed July 2005 

WHEREAS                 OCA will continue to be an advocate for fair housing and housing opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States; and 

WHEREAS                 OCA recognizes that 12.6 percent of Asian Americans and 17.7 percent of Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander (NHOPI) households live in poverty versus the national poverty rate of 12.4 percent; and 

WHEREAS                 The Department of Housing and Urban Development issued a report in 2003 documenting the fact that AAPIs face discrimination at levels comparable or higher than other minority groups when searching for housing; and 

WHEREAS                 AAPIs have lower home ownership rates than the population as a whole with only 53.2 percent of Asian Americans and 45.5 percent of NHOPIs living in owner-occupied housing in comparison to the national average of 66.2 percent; and 

WHEREAS                 The 2000 Census indicates that AAPIs face severe overcrowded housing with a rate of 14 percent compared to 3 percent of all owner-occupied housing units; and 

WHEREAS                 OCA recognizes that there is a need for federal and private sector efforts directed toward AAPIs to increase access to housing and decrease the incidence of housing discrimination; and 

WHEREAS                 OCA recognizes that the enforcement of policies and legal provisions for fair housing will benefit AAPIs seeking housing and home ownership opportunities. 

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that OCA supports policies and programs that protect and preserve the right to fair housing opportunities, promote access to affordable housing, and facilitate home ownership opportunities among AAPIs in the United States.

The facts presented in this resolution are from a publication entitled "Discrimination in Metropolitan Housing Markets: Phase 2 – Asians and Pacific Islanders” published by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Office of Policy Development and Research on July 1, 2003 and from statistics compiled by the National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development 
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