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CACEN Receives $500K from Congressman Crow to Create Asian American Community Center

On May 30, 2024, Congressman Jason Crow (CO-06) delivered $500,000 to the Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network (CACEN) to create Colorado’s first Asian American “Social Fabric” community center. The funding comes during AANHPI Heritage Month and is part of the 15 community projects Crow requested and secured through the FY24 appropriations process.

CACEN will use the Crow-secured $500,000 for renovations and build-out of the center to serve as a hub for immigrant and refugee services as well as health care, educational resources for all ages, and access to community opportunities.

“In Colorado’s Sixth alone, over 15 percent of residents were born outside of the US. That’s why I’m personally dedicated to helping all Coloradans feel seen and welcomed,” said Congressman Crow. “Thankful to partner with the Colorado Asian Culture and Education Network to create Colorado’s first Asian American Social Fabric Community Center.”

“Serving as an incubator for entrepreneurs and an opportunity to provide jobs for Asian refugees and immigrants, 'Social Fabric' means that Asian Americans are a part of the social fabric of Colorado communities – where we live, work, and play,” said CACEN Executive Director Annie Guo VanDan. “We are grateful to Congressman Crow for this opportunity to leave a permanent space and legacy for Asian Americans for generations to come.”

In 2022, Congressman Crow also secured federal funding for 15 projects. In 2023, Crow delivered those funds to the district, including over $1.2M to strengthen the youth-focused mental health workforce and expand access to behavioral health for young Coloradans in crisis, more than $11.6M to support Colorado's newcomers, deliver safe and accessible drinking water, uplift our vulnerable and unhoused neighbors, and funding to support hunger relief efforts and provide stable housing and career support for unhoused Coloradans. 

A full breakdown of all FY24 CO-06 Community Project Funding requests can be found here.

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