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Council of the District of Columbia - Agency Performance Oversight Hearing For FY 2015-2016

Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Testimony of David Do, Director Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs - Executive Office of the Mayor

GOVERNMENT OF THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

Executive Office of the Mayor

Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

 

 

 

Council of the District of Columbia

Agency Performance Oversight Hearing

For FY 2015-2016

 

February 10, 2016

 

 

 

Testimony of David Do

Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs

Executive Office of the Mayor

 

 

 

Before

Committee on Housing & Community Development

Councilmember Anita Bonds, Chairperson

 

Good morning, Chairperson Anita Bonds and members of the Committee on Housing & Community Development. My name is David Do, and I am the Executive Director of the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA). I am here today to provide an overview of MOAPIA’s performance for FY2015. At this hearing, I will provide an outline of our office functions, summarize our Performance Accountability Report for FY2015, highlight our achievements, and provide you my vision looking forward.

 

Introduction

 

For the past 29 years, the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs has been committed to improving the lives of some of the District’s most vulnerable residents who face language and cultural barriers which often hinder them from becoming active members of the District of Columbia. MOAPIA remains committed to promoting and engaging the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) residents and merchants so they may successfully integrate into the civic, economic, and cultural life of the District. To this end, MOAPIA currently provides three core services: 1) assist District AAPIs in accessing equitable services from District agencies and advocate on behalf of District AAPIs on issues affecting their quality of life; 2) assist District agencies with building their capacity to provide culturally and linguistically competent services to District AAPIs; and 3) provide AAPI community-focused grants. As the Mayor’s liaison, we connect the AAPI residents and merchants with District agencies to foster efficient and effective partnerships, improve access to services, and help break down language and cultural barriers. MOAPIA works with all levels of government and facets of the AAPI community.

In FY15, our budget was allocated at $942,646, in which $120K was a one-time additional funding in community grants.

Before I go into our agency’s accomplishments, I want to provide you with some demographic data on the AAPI community in the District. According to the latest Census numbers, the Asian American population grew to 32,607 residents or 4.95%[1] of the entire District population in 2014. This was a 60% increase from 2000 and a 12% increase from 2012. The Asian population is most concentrated in Ward 2 and 3, although it is increasing in other wards as well. Along with the population increase, the number of Asian-owned businesses is robustly growing. For example, the 2012 survey of business owners by Census reports that there are a total of 3,974 Asian-owned businesses in the District together producing $2.1 Billion revenue. This is a 15.4% increase in the number of businesses, and 16% increase in revenue, compared to 2007. Recent data from 2014 indicates that 23.3% of the Asian American households in the District are limited English proficient, compared to 3.9% of the entire District’s households.

In FY2015, we exceeded all of our Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) and our overall Performance Assessment was marked “Fully Achieved.” Some of the highlights from our KPIs involved community outreach, as MOAPIA engaged 78,042 AAPI community members via workshops, special events, community meetings, email listserv, website visits, Facebook and Twitter. The majority of these outreach efforts reached not only District AAPI residents and merchants, but also included AAPIs in other areas. MOAPIA resolved 95% of constituent issues/cases and received a 98% satisfactory or above rating on MOAPIA services (e.g. programs, technical assistance to Agencies, case assistance, events, etc.). MOAPIA also conducted 3,278 capacity building efforts[2].

In addition to our performance targets that were fully achieved, there are many major accomplishments from FY2015. For a list of our full accomplishments please refer to our lengthier testimony version. Here are a few highlights.

MOAPIA

·         Held the Asian American and Pacific Islander Action Forum (AAF) in September 2015, which convened over 200 residents from all eight wards to discuss topics including health, safety, education, employment, and affordable housing. Their inputs are used to form MOAPIA’s long term action plan.

·         Hosted 16 sessions of office hours across all eight wards to provide constituents easy access to voice their concerns. A total of 45 residents and business owners participated.

·         Hosted the Chinatown Park Start FRESH! series which included weekly Tai Chi lessons, a Tae Kwon Do class, two yoga sessions, two film screenings, and a community picnic day. Over 300 residents participated in all of the activities.

·         Engaged communities we have not worked with as extensively in the past, specifically the AAPI LGBT community, South Asian community, Filipino community, and AAPI young professionals.  To this end we helped form an AAPI LGBTQ Task Force, hosted a LGBTQ film screening, conducted an AAPI LGBTQ visibility campaign, hosted a young professional networking event, and hosted DC government’s first ever Filipino American History Celebration and Diwali Reception.

·         Provided displaced Chinatown residents with resources and information to assist them with their transition to find temporary and permanent housing.

·         Organized and promoted a host of housing events, such as a panel discussion at DHCD’s Annual Housing Expo and 3 community housing meetings with DHCD. A total of over 60 residents participated in these events.

The Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs strives to be a valuable asset for all District residents and merchants and we will continue our efforts in FY16 to improve the quality of life for District AAPIs. Last year symbolized a “fresh start” for MOAPIA in how we engage our constituents and this year we will continue to build upon that success to find more innovative and creative ways to address the growing number of issues and concerns AAPIs face today. We will look to focus on new populations and new initiatives and the theme of “inclusion, engagement, and outreach” will continue to remain prevalent in our work.

As the AAPI community continues to grow, new issues will arise and we look forward to addressing those issues head-on in partnership with this Committee, the City Council, and other District agencies. We plan to continue to work in all eight wards to help ensure that all the needs of the AAPI community are being met.

Thank you for providing me with the opportunity to discuss our agency, and I look forward to working with you and your Committee in the future. I am happy to answer any questions you may have at this time.



[1] ACS 1-year estimate 2014

[2] Capacity building/technical assistance efforts includes:

-          To AAPI community members: case assistance, trainings and workshops, referrals, information dissemination, resource sharing, and community based organization (CBO) visits.

-          To DC agencies: providing information on the AAPI community using U.S. Census data and assisting in data collection design, providing information on the AAPI community through reports, articles, and other informational sources, providing information on resources to receive cultural competency training, providing guidance and/or support from MOAPIA  in the recruitment of bilingual personnel, and reviewing BLAP/Baseline Assessments/Reports. It also includes: training sessions, consultation sessions, information dissemination, and resource sharing.