Asian Americans for Equality is committed to expanding opportunities in New York’s diverse communities through a wide range of advocacy, empowerment and education initiatives. AAFE helps tenants understand their rights, engages stakeholders in community planning processes and helps lead coalitions fighting to preserve affordable housing and to protect the rights of immigrants. It guides students from immigrant families through the college admissions process and engages young people to become active in their communities. AAFE convenes an annual Community Development Conference, bringing together national leaders to discuss issues of critical importance to Asian Americans.
- From Queens to Manhattan, AAFE has organized residents to form tenant associations, has led housing education events and coordinated citywide advocacy campaigns.
- AAFE organized Project Collegebound, currently serving 250 teens in Flushing, to assist young people through the daunting college admissions process.
- AAFE facilitated community involvement to shape neighborhood planning, including the development of the Allen Street Pedestrian Malls in Manhattan, a beautification initiative on Union Street in Flushing and the development of the Local Spokes Coalition, which advocates for increased bicycle use in diverse communities.
- AAFE established the Community Development Conference, now in its seventh year, a nationally recognized policy and planning event.
- AAFE conducted groundbreaking research projects, including in-depth reports examining issues in affordable housing, demographic change, gentrification and access to social services.
NEWS COVERAGE & REPORTS
- AAFE Launches Parent Leadership Program at Flushing High & Flushing International – AAFE.org; May 2014.
- Housing & Community Services Department Celebrates Accomplishments – AAFE.org; June 2014.
- Recap: AAFE’s 7th Annual Community Development Conference; AAFE.org; May 2014.
- AAFE Recognized as NeighborWorks Green Organization – AAFE.org; November 2013.
- NeighborWorks CB&O Members Visit AAFE – AAFE.org; July 2013.
- AAFE Opens Senior Care Center in Manhattan; AAFE.org; January 2013.
- Project Collegebound Takes Students to Binghamton University – AAFE.org; December 2012
- Queens Residents, Elected Officials Protest Plan to Decimate Flushing Meadows-Corona Park; AAFE.org; November 2012.
- “Go Green Western Queens” Fosters Environmental Leadership – AAFE.org; October 2012.
- Celebrating Resident Leaders and Community Engagement (link) – NeighborWorks’ YouTube Channel; October 26, 2012.
- AAFE Launches Voter Registration Campaign – AAFe.org; August 2012.
- Three Years After Their Building Was Demolished, Rent Regulated Tenants Fight For Compensation (link) – Real Deal; June 6, 2012.
- Local Spokes Unveils Plan to Improve Bike Accessibility in Diverse Communities (link) – The Lo-Down; June 6, 2012.
- A Snapshot of Flushing: An Assessment of Service Needs of the Asian American Aging Population (PDF) – The Flushing Leadership Collaborative (convened by AAFE); August 2011.
- Distinct Places, Shared Opportunity: A Neighborhood-Based Analysis of Asian Americans in NYC (PDF) – AAFE REPORT; February 2011.
- Demolition Through Intentional Neglect: A Tactic of Predatory Landlords to Demolish Rent Regulated Housing (PDF) – AAFE REPORT; January 2011.
- AAFE and CACF Launch Project Collegebound: New Program to Promote College Readiness of Immigrant Students in Flushing; AAFE Now; January 2010.
Additional details concerning AAFE’s Community Building and Organizing programs may be found here: