Equitable Community Development

For four decades, AAFE has been building affordable housing and creating stronger communities.

AAFE has earned a nationwide reputation in the past four decades for innovating solutions to the affordable housing crisis.

The organization’s initial project, undertaken after a devastating fire in Manhattan’s Chinatown, became the first development in New York City created using the Federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. AAFE’s use of the program became a national model followed by other not-for-profit developers. Over the years, we have created 800 units of affordable housing in Manhattan, Queens and Brooklyn.

Early in its history, AAFE recognized that the preservation of existing rental units was crucial to saving affordable housing in New York City. Through the Lower Manhattan Affordable Housing Preservation Program, AAFE has acquired and rehabilitated dilapidated buildings, helping to stem the tide of gentrification and to stabilize communities by adding apartments to the neighborhood’s affordable housing stock.


Our Current Projects

Learn More About AAFE's community development initiatives.


One Flushing

Along with Monadnock Development and HANAC, AAFE is building this innovative project in Flushing, Queens, including 231 affordable apartments, retail and community facilities.

Rockaways Retail Center

In partnership with Ocean Bay CDC, we are bringing a grocery store and other critically-needed local services to the Far Rockaways.

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