The Korean Resource Center (KRC) was founded in 1983, and over 33 years, KRC has been empowering the Korean American and Asian American community through services, education, organizing and advocacy. KRC now has three operating offices in Southern California: two in Los Angeles and one in Buena Park, Orange County.
Every year, we serve more than 11,000 low-income families through health & social services for children and seniors, naturalization & immigration legal services, and housing counseling for low-income working families. We have on-going youth and senior organizing programs to promote action on social, racial and economic justice issues and engage over 100,000 Asian American voters every election cycle. Over 10 years of grassroots organizing and outreach by our low-income senior members resulted in the opening of two affordable senior apartments in Koreatown, and we are committed to building more in the coming years.
Annually, we average 350 media hits, largely from the Korean American media and each month, 5,000 individuals visit KRC’s website for information and services.
- After ten years of effort, KRC secured $24-million from the government and private financial institutions to build two low-income senior apartments in Los Angeles Koreatown. In September 2016, KRC completed construction and held a ribbon cutting ceremony.
- KRC developed 30 new youth leaders, both high school and college students, as well as 50 grassroots immigrant senior leaders.
- KRC’s 100 volunteers secured 7,600 new voter registrations, sponsored the Early Voting Townhall with 200 senior voters, and made 180,000 calls throughout California encouraging Asian Americans to vote.
- The Immigrant Rights Project provided pre-consultation to 3,700 community members on Naturalization, DACA, Green Card Renewal and other immigration related legal services and assisted with the completion of 2,002 applications.
- The Health Access Project provided consultation for 938 low income families and seniors and enrolled 549 individuals into public health insurance programs.
- 450 low-income families and seniors received consultation on low-income housing and among them, 121 applications were assisted.
- KRC played a leadership role in changing the City of Fullerton at-large election system to a district-based election system which will provide more election opportunities for candidates of color.
- KRC participated in the DACA rally in front of the Supreme Court in Washington, DC and took lead in promoting the National DACA video tour, which was screened in more than 18 cities across the nation with more than 1,200 attendees.
- KRC’s senior organizing group, Community Health Promoters, secured more than 5,000 signed petitions demanding more public funding allocation for low-income housing development.