San Francisco, CA (December 7, 2012) – Nearly 100 friends and supporters gathered at the Hilton San Francisco, Financial District on December 6, 2012 to launch the “Friends of Chinatown Community Development Center” to help raise money for the organization. The “Friends Breakfast” raised over $70,000 in new pledges and donations for affordable housing and counseling services, youth leadership and empowerment, and other community improvements projects.
Speakers including Executive Director Rev. Norman Fong, Board Chair V. Fei Tsen, Board Members Phil Chin and Amy Chung, and staff Angelina Yu spoke about Chinatown CDC’s mission and work in the community. Highlights included
- Grand opening of Veterans Commons that will provide 75 residential units for formerly homeless or at-risk veterans
- Major seismic and general retrofit of Gum Moon Residence Hall, a transitional housing facility for survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- Youth volunteers distributing 9,000 bags of food to 190 low-income seniors and families and organizing monthly Super Sundays to help clean up Chinatown
About Chinatown Community Development Center
Chinatown Community Development Center’s goal is to develop affordable housing, build grassroots leadership, and empower low-income residents and youth for greater civic engagement. We are committed to preserving and providing new opportunities for affordable housing, improving housing quality, and helping to strengthen communities and nonprofit organizations serving local communities. Resident Services are designed to link residents with supportive services that enable them to maintain self-sufficiency and foster positive outcomes. Chinatown CDC also provides opportunities to support youth to fully develop as constructive, contributing members of our society and to develop as leaders in their communities.