PCDC’s 2012 Expo: Standing Room Only

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PCDC’s 5th annual Expo was an enormous success. It attracted more than twenty businesses, health organizations, financial institutions, and social service organizations, which provided information to 200 attendees. The purpose of the Expo was to connect Chinatown residents and small business owners to community resources.

The program, which ran on Saturday, June 23rd from 1:00pm – 4:30pm, included a number of presentations. There was something for everyone. Helen Luu, from the Asian Behavioral Health Program at Hall-Mercer Community Mental Health Center, gave an engaging presentation on “problem gambling.” She armed every attendee with knowledge and resources. The health theme continued with Christina Chan (L&D Insurance Services, LLC), who offered health insurance options. Grace Kong, Education Manager with Health Promotion Council talked about healthy behavior. Sung Y. Yun, Asian Outreach Coordinator of Philadelphia Corporation for Aging, and Philip Lai of the Philadelphia Senior Center introduced resources for seniors.

The Expo also focused on housing related services. Those interested in buying homes heard about affordable housing options from Vice President Rose Gray of Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha and Sierra Thomas of Friends Rehabilitation Program. In the last twelve months, PCDC helped eight families, who completed our housing counseling program “Chinatown Homeownership Initiative”, qualify for grants and mortgages to purchase new homes. Bob Seed of HSBC talked about the mortgage process. Anthony Tisone introduced Citi Bank loan products.

Home owners and renters received plenty of money-saving tips. PECO Community Outreach personnel Percy Rosales talked about PECO’s financial incentives to upgrade to new appliances and air conditioning units to reduce electricity consumption. Captain James Williamson and the firefighters from Engine 20 in Chinatown provided bilingual fire safety brochures and offered to install free smoke detectors for attendees who signed up at the Expo.

Family finances are tight. Sarah Yeung discussed how to apply for college, financial aid and scholarships to help families make the right decisions and to find financial help. Der-Song Song, of the Philadelphia Social Security Office, talked about current rules on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Other speakers included Robert Moy, President, Number One Translations.

PCDC’s $1-a-Day street-sweeping team received thunderous applause when they were introduced at the end of the Expo. The team was so appreciative of the donations from the attendees. In total the attendees donated $112 to support cleaning in Chinatown. The street-sweeping team gave away Sweep and recycling brochures and 100 blue recycling bins. Another 78 persons on registered on the waiting list.