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CAPI in the Brooklyns: A Strategic Plan for Asset-Based Community Development.

James, Ashley and Jonathan Truong

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of the current demographic profile of the Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community residing in the Brooklyns (Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park), along with asset based community development approaches to increasing economic assets within the community. The methods of analysis include Census data, interviews, and a literature review. All interviews can be found in the appendices. Results of data analyzed show that the API community living in the Brooklyns appreciates the strong school system, affordable homeownership opportunities, and safety of the cities. The API community living in Brooklyn Park is more secure in terms of the economic indicators analyzed than the API community living in Brooklyn Center. Further, Brooklyn Park anticipates a significant increase in employment opportunities over the next few decades, while employment in Brooklyn Center is expected to remain constant.

The report finds multiple opportunities to implement asset-based community development programs within the Brooklyns that supports existing community interests while increasing economic assets. The recommendations discussed include:

Programs to Increase Economic Opportunity-

  • Bundle Asset and Wealth Building Services
  •  Mobile Food Shelf
  • Community Advocate and Convener

Place-Based Community Development -

  • Community Garden
  • Farmer’s Market
  • Community Commercial Kitchen
  • Northwest Hennepin County Global Market

The report also investigates the fact that the recommendations presented have limitations. Some of the limitations include:

  • Resources for this work have been constrained in recent years.
  • Implementing new programs requires additional human and financial resources.
  • Asset based community development, specifically the creation of a financial opportunity center (FOC), requires that trust be established between the providing organization and participants.
  • Interviews with community-based organizations with community gardens have identified land acquisition as a barrier to implementing programs because of the high cost and/or complicated property ownership situations.
  • In order to increase the likelihood that asset-based community development in the Brooklyns is successful in the long-term, multiple partnerships between CAPI, community members, and other organizations engaged in this work are required.
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Conducted on behalf of CAPI. Supported by the Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program, a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA) at the University of Minnesota.
72 pp.
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