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OAPIA Launches the AAPI Tenants' Rights Awareness Campaign

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

CONTACT: Andrew Chang (EOM) (202) 727-5560; [email protected]

(Washington, DC) – In partnership with the Office of the Tenant Advocate (OTA), the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) launched the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Tenants’ Rights Awareness Campaign on June 24, 2014.

The AAPI Tenants’ Rights Awareness Campaign is an educational campaign aimed at increasing Asian American and Pacific Islanders’ understanding of their rights as renters in the District. Through this campaign, OAPIA will raise awareness of tenants’ rights through various outreach efforts, determine the primary housing concerns of the AAPI community by conducting a housing needs assessment survey, and recommend solutions to limited and non-English proficient AAPI residents on how to resolve various housing issues.

“In our community, we have noticed that tenants, especially those with language barriers, face various challenges in addressing their concerns. Through this partnership, we hope tenants will be better able to receive and utilize the available resources and information in the District that can assist them, whether it’s for emergency housing assistance or assistance in communicating with a landlord,” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Director of OAPIA.

“Outreach and education about tenants’ rights is OTA’s first statutory duty. Far too often tenants lose valuable legal rights simply because they are unaware of them, or because they fail to act on them in a timely manner. Educating as many renters as possible about their rights is among our highest priorities. I am thrilled for OTA to partner with OAPIA to help spread the word to the District’s Asian American and Pacific Islander renters,” said Johanna Shreve, Director of OTA.

For more information about the AAPI Tenants’ Rights Awareness Campaign, please email [email protected] or visit www.apia.dc.gov.