Forty-three years after its founding, Asian Americans for Equality has become a diversified community development organization with a national reputation. AAFE has a long track record of building equitable communities, but also of supporting small businesses, of helping people buy their first home, of providing social services and counseling and of advocating for immigrants and low-income New Yorkers. We celebrated our recent work in all of these areas during this year’s Lunar New Year Banquet, held March 16, 2017 in Manhattan’s Chinatown. These videos were prepared for that occasion. You can watch all of them together (above) or individually (below).

ENGAGEMENT & ADVOCACY
AAFE advocates for New York City tenants, empowers residents, participates in citywide coalitions, hosts an annual Community Development Conference and works to increase Asian-American representation in all levels of government.

COMMUNITY SERVICES
AAFE provides youth engagement and college readiness programs, enrichment activities for seniors, counseling services for new immigrants and serves as a “first responder” in times of crisis.

FINANCIAL EMPOWERMENT
Through AAFE affiliates Renaissance Economic Development Corp. and Community Development Fund, AAFE makes sure small businesses and first time home buyers receive the capital they need to improve their lives.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
AAFE’s new projects in Flushing, Queens, the Far Rockaways and Kansas City, Missouri adopt a wholistic approach to community development, augmenting housing with small-scale commercial opportunities.