WHO WE ARE

Proudly Uniting San Francisco's Asian & Pacific Islander Communities

The API Council is a 57-member coalition of nonprofit organizations in San Francisco that ensure that underserved Asian & Pacific Islanders’ needs are visibly engaged, addressed and represented in policies, research and data collection, and equitable funding allocations to advance overall healthy communities to enhance and shape San Francisco’s continued vibrant evolution.
CHAMPIONING API ISSUES

What We Do To Serve Our Communities Best

The API Council advocates on behalf of needs API community needs by analyzing public policy through an API lens and perspective, coordinating research and data collection, and mobilizing a citywide grassroots base.

Education

There is a lack of disaggregated data related to education and APIs. Local reports however indicate that Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander high school rates are high.

Health

APIs have higher incidences of liver cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, smoking, and alcohol use. APIs also have higher rates of gambling, suicide, depression and PTSD.

Immigration

Approximately 416,000 unauthorized immigrants in California are Asian. APIs rank as the second-highest undocumented population in San Francisco: 10,000 undocumented individuals are from China; 2,000 are from the Philippines.

Affordable Housing

Overcrowding is a persistent problem in San Francisco. Overcrowding is most severe in Chinatown (24.4%), and exceeds the citywide rates by nearly 5 times.

Poverty

APIs comprise 42% of San Francisco residents living in poverty, and have the highest rates of increase in poverty rates than any other racial group.

Unemployment

Asian unemployment rates stood at 7.3%, while Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander rates stood at 14.2%, which are higher than San Francisco’s 5.4% unemployment rate.
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