Los Angeles, CA (April 22, 2019) – Every year, Project by Project - Los Angeles (PbP-LA) partners with a non-profit organization to advance awareness of important social issues in the Los Angeles Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community. After an engaging selection process with our Los Angeles community members, we are proud to announce our beneficiary partner for the 2019 theme of Asian Americans and Homelessness, the Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF).
Center for Pacific Asian Family (CPAF) was founded to help address domestic violence and sexual assault in the Asian Pacific Islander community. Since 1978, CPAF has been addressing the root causes and consequences of both violence in families and against API women and their families. Expanding through their recent community programs, CPAF has reached the needs of survivors who seek to establish independent, violence-free lives in a stable housing environment.
Recent reports have shown that not only has homelessness risen among Asian Americans, but also Asian Americans have been experiencing the highest growth in homelessness among all racial groups. With even more Asian American families living in at-risk environments here in Los Angeles, our selection of CPAF the 2019 beneficiary partner could not be a better fit to raise awareness of homelessness that affects the Los Angeles API community. Through the success of their on-going housing programs, CPAF has matched API victims of domestic violence and sexual assault with both transitional shelters and permanent housing.
This beneficiary partnership will pull together our resources to support a year-long campaign to raise funds for the housing project through our annual signature tasting benefit, Plate by Plate on Saturday, August 3, 2019. This exclusive dining experience brings together in August a curated list of the most popular chefs, restaurants, and beverage purveyors in Los Angeles in support of our 2019 theme. The following restaurant sponsors have already been confirmed: Otium, Bone Kettle, Pikoh, Patina, Restauration, Rappahannock Oyster Bar, Metropole Bar and Kitchen, Broken Spanish, Faith and Flower, Hinoki and the Bird, Kazunori, and Umi by Hamasaku. Stay tuned as we bring on even more amazing sponsors!
Through our awareness campaign and our volunteer support at community events, Project by Project aims to bring the issue of homelessness to light by highlighting the critical work CPAF has done to provide support and bring resources to the growing API homeless population. Join us on for a special speakers panel on May 21st at General Assembly DTLA covering “Asian Americans and Homelessness,” featuring experts from non-profit, government, and social enterprise to discuss their role in combating and preventing homelessness in LA County. This event is free to attend and open to the public.
To ensure the success of our partnership, PbP has dedicated a special pro-bono consulting taskforce, CASES, to exploring ways for new rental units to match participants of CPAF community programs with multi-lingual and multi-cultural transitional housing. Through our actionable recommendations, our beneficiary partner can leverage our interviews, research, and analysis to support housing safeguards that could connect vetted homeowners and tenants together. Together with our 2019 beneficiary partner, PbP-LA hopes to engage at the forefront to improve the lives of those who need it the most in the API community.
Please reserve your ticket to our speaker series event here: https://generalassemb.ly/education/project-by-project-asian-americans-homelessness/los-angeles/77293.
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About Project by Project - Los Angeles
Project by Project (PbP) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that strives to cultivate the next generation of Asian Americans in philanthropy and nonprofit leadership. Comprised of a team young professionals with diverse backgrounds across all fields and industries, PbP seeks to develop innovative solutions to help local non-profit organizations build and strengthen their capacity to address our community’s most pressing needs. Each year, a different community non-profit is selected to receive aid in its fundraising, community outreach, and public awareness efforts. Each campaign features our signature event Plate by Plate: PbP’s annual tasting benefit hosting the region’s top restaurants and beverage purveyors and attracting thousands of attendees nationwide. Over the last 20 years, PbP has awarded over $800,000 in grants to 38 beneficiary partners, enhancing sustainability in serving the needs of our communities. For our 22nd year, the Los Angeles chapter of PbP has chosen to raise awareness of homelessness in the API community with our fifteenth partner.
About CPAF - Center for Pacific Asian Families
Center for the Pacific Asian Family’s (CPAF) story begins in 1978, when a Filipina American woman named Nilda Rimonte questioned whether an immigrant Asian or Pacific Islander (API) woman experiencing domestic or sexual violence could get help – any help. When she found no clear options available she pioneered the programs that CPAF now use today. Built in the mission to build healthy and safe communities by addressing the root causes and consequences of family violence and violence against women. CPAF is committed to meeting the specific cultural and language needs of Asian and Pacific Islander women and their families. CPAF created the first multi-lingual 24-hour hotline assisting API survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in the nation. In 1981, CPAF opened the first multi-lingual and multi-cultural domestic violence emergency shelter in the nation that specialized in serving API survivors of domestic violence. Thereafter, CPAF was also the first to open a multi-lingual and multi-cultural transitional program focusing on the needs of survivors who seek to establish independent, violence-free lives.