Messages from the Executive Director

December 2017

“COMMUNITY – No Matter What!”

Our San Francisco Chinatown community has made it through earthquakes and a century of racist exclusionary laws. We have broken the glass ceiling at City Hall through the late Mayor Lee and civic leaders. We just lost former Secretary of State March Fong Eu, the first Asian American woman ever elected to serve as California Secretary of State. Many profound champions of the community have come and gone, but the Spirit of Community is embraced by many young and old timers today.

Chinatown Community Development Center (Chinatown CDC) for the past 40 years has worked on preserving our community, restoring hope and envisioning a better Chinatown! “Community – No matter what” is the foundation of our work. Our staff works hard to maintain affordable housing, but also to plan and rebuild neighborhood parks and alleyways and strengthen and protect Chinatown small businesses and restaurants. We are rebuilding Chinatown’s public housing (The Pings) and look forward to Central Subway being finished soon.

It is actually amazing to me what we have accomplished in the past year with our Chinatown youth, families and seniors. Many residents shared their thoughts and visions on the redesign of Portsmouth Square improvement project and the expansion of St Mary’s Square. Thousands come to our monthly “Super Sundays” (which functions like a regular townhall that other cities and neighborhoods only dream about). In 2017, we completed the rehabilitation of 227 Bay and 990 Pacific properties and have moved residents back to their newly renovated apartments at 895 Pacific and North Ping Yuen. (Click here for CCDC's 2017 Accomplishments)

Almost everybody I know is worried about what will happen in the year ahead with all these national changes in tax reform and possible cuts to our nation’s “safety nets” for seniors and lower income folks. We are moving from the Year of the Rooster to the Year of the Dog soon. Symbolically, we began this year with the loud and bold “Cock-a-doodle-doo” and now we are entering a new period with deep appreciation for our loyal and best friends in the Year of the Dog.

Please consider making a contribution of $2,500, $1,000, $500, or $125 to increase our impact in the community and preserve affordable housing for future generations. Our overall goal is to raise $150,000 to jumpstart the Norman Fong Housing Legacy Fund to protect SRO housing for our most vulnerable residents through advocacy to improve overall physical conditions of SROs, educational workshops, and culturally and linguistically appropriate supportive services. DONATE TODAY.

More than ever, we’ll need to depend on our Community Friends. We want to thank all of you out there who believe in “COMMUNITY – NO MATTER WHAT” as we face a less socially responsive environment nationally.

Thanks for your consideration and we wish you and your family a happy holiday season and New Year,

Rev. Norman Fong 方小龍
Executive Director

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