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.







Additional details concerning AAFE’s Community Building and Organizing programs may be found here:

Community Organizing

Youth and Community Education

Community Planning and Research