CAPC – Chinese-American Planning Council
150 Elizabeth St. | New York, NY | 10012
As one of the largest Chinese-based social services agency in the northeast, the Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. (CPC) provides culturally sensitive programs for all ages. CPC currently serves over 8,000 people daily through 50+ programs in 33 locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. CPC is an educational, community and social services provider that administers community services, early child care, youth services, workforce development, senior services, home attendant services, housing, and other innovative resources to a predominantly low income, immigrant community.
CPC’s mission is to serve the Chinese American, immigrant and low-income community in New York City by providing services, skills and resources towards economic self-sufficiency.
Founded in 1965 as a grassroots, community based organization; CPC was initially staffed with volunteers assisting families referred by local schools through the CPC Demonstration Program of Family Counseling. In July 1966, CPC launched its day care, after school and youth programs for pre-school and school-age children. CPC’s Multi-Social Service program grew from its Chinatown, Manhattan location and introduced similar services in Brooklyn and Queens. CPC opened the Project Open Door Senior Citizen Center in 1972 and later opened the Chinatown Senior Citizen Center in Lower Manhattan in 1981. The Nan Shan Senior Center opened in Queens in 1988 (and is currently in the midst of a capital campaign.) In 1975, CPC launched its employment training services with the English Language Center, which provides new immigrants with job-readiness skills training and workplace English instruction.
CPC responds to shifting neighborhood and community needs and issues. When the September 11th tragedy threw one-quarter of Chinatown’s workforce into unemployment, CPC responded with a series of initiatives that provided relief, case management, family resources, literacy education, employment assistance, and mental health services to some 7,000 individuals. In 2012, when Hurricane Sandy shut down most of lower Manhattan, CPC provided various services for immigrant families who suffered through the blackout so they could receive needed information, supplies, and benefits – especially seniors and those isolated by language barriers.
Now on the verge of our 50th Anniversary, CPC is reflecting upon all that we have accomplished for our neighbors. Hundreds of thousands of families have passed through the doors of CPC’s local centers seeking ways to settle successfully in their new home and achieve their American Dream.