KRC Activity Highlights January - May 2012

KRC has provided the below social and health services to low-income and Limited English Proficient families.

  • 1,019 individuals received consultation and application assistance for Naturalization
  • 64 families and children were enrolled in or assisted with public health benefits
  • 541 seniors were assisted in enrolling in and renewing Medicare Part D plans & MediCal
  • 84 individuals received free legal consultations on immigration and family law
  • 326 low-income families and individuals were assisted in income tax filing
  • 323 individuals were counseled for access to higher education (college)
  • 45 families were assisted in preventing home foreclosures
  • 20,051 Korean American voters were educated and mobilized to participate in the June Elections
  • 117 Newspaper articles, radio stories and television news clips covered KRC’s work, reaching an audience of over 250,000 Korean Americans throughout Southern California

Civic Participation

In 1996, KRC launched its multi-faceted Civic Engagement Project to provide a seamless path to full participation for immigrants that included voter registration, education, and mobilization. The project expanded to include naturalization & English and Civic classes in 2006. For over 16 years, KRC has registered over 19,000 voters, distributed 160,000 voter educational materials, and assisted 17,000 of voters through its Voter Hotline. KRC also encourages between 3,000 to 10,000 voters to exercise their voting rights each election cycle.

Affordable Senior Housing Development

Since October 2005, KRC has partnered with the Little Tokyo Service Center CDC (LTSC) to construct a total of 67-units of affordable senior housing apartments at two separate sites in Koreatown, Los Angeles. KRC and LTSC have reached out to the residents, neighborhood associations, and policy makers to acquire city entitlements. As of today, KRC and LTSC have received $3.1 million in grants from the LA Community Redevelopment Agency to acquire the land and are currently seeking further government grants to begin the construction phase of the project.

Foreclosure Prevention Counseling

With many Korean Americans facing difficulty paying their mortgages, KRC started an education and consultation program in 2008 to prevent foreclosure and was approved in July 2010 by the Department of Housing and Urban Development as a certified Local Housing Counseling Agency. KRC had its foreclosure consultation work recognized by the “Champions of Change” award by the White House and discussed policies for homeowners with President Barack Obama.