To help meet the basic need of shelter for the AAPI Community by
– helping communities in need by raising money to rebuild and rehabilitate homes affected by disasters; and
– building stronger neighborhoods by renovating homes and providing affordable housing
to first-time homebuyers;
From the northeastern coast of Japan to the shores of New Jersey and New York, natural disasters have wiped out entire neighborhoods and left thousands of people homeless. The Foundation supports devastated areas by helping to raise funds to rebuild the homes and communities of people who have lost their homes, their businesses, and their loved ones.
Through the end of 2015, the Foundation received approximately $600,000 in corporate, chapter, individual, and employee contributions towards relief efforts.
WELCOME HOME HEROES
For veterans who are homeowners or in the process of homeownership, those who suffer from mental illness and physical injury after returning from their assignments abroad are more likely to have a hard time qualifying for home loans. Even with VA loans, many of them still pay more than they can afford for their housing-related needs. In light of this, the AREAA Education Foundation launched the Welcome Home for Heroes Housing Assistance Program to provide qualified military families with housing financial assistance and professional counsel. The grants go towards covering repair costs, remodeling, or down payment assistance.
Each May, AREAA holds a national day of community service called AREAA Builds Community Day, or ABCD. On this day, members from every chapter come together in their local markets to make their community a little better. Projects range from food and clothing drives, restoring local parks and playgrounds, renovating a blighted home for someone in need, and everything in between. ABCD is a great way to get involved with AREAA and give back to your community.
ACCOMPLISHMENTS THROUGHOUT THE YEARS
$400,000 raised for Japan earthquake and tsunami victims. This went towards the Shirahama Housing Project to build permanent homes.
$20,000 raised for Hurricane Sandy victims, in partnership with AREAA Metro NY/Asian Americans for Equality/Korean Community Foundation
$30,000 raised from a silent auction that the foundation hosted at Apl.de.Ap Foundation’s Haiyan Benefit Concert.
$10,000 raised for Nepal earthquake victims
$5,000 raised for Kumamoto earthquake victims
$5,000 grant given to Rebuilding Together Silicon Valley towards post-flood rehabilitation efforts at Golden Wheel Mobile Home Community.