Photo: AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui speaks with residents in Elmhurst. 

Asian Americans for Equality is a frequent “first responder” on the scene of many emergency situations faced by the communities we serve throughout New York City.

A devastating fire April 12 in a building on 94th Street in Elmhurst, Queens forced dozens of residents from their homes. Two days later, AAFE met with the local community, helping fire victims deal with some of their most pressing needs. Our staff assisted residents in replacing essential documents, including driver licenses and permanent resident cards. They also offered assistance in filing rent reduction applications and dealing with mail delivery issues. In the photo above, you see AAFE Executive Director Chris Kui with City Council member Daniel Dromm and other community leaders.

One-on-one assistance in Chinese, Spanish and English has been available in AAFE’s offices in Jackson Heights and Flushing, Queens.

Eleven firefighters were hurt in the blaze at Martinique Plaza, 56-11 94th St. About 112 apartments sustained fire and water damage, but the fire crews prevented the flames from spreading and consuming many more apartments. The Red Cross aided residents immediately after the fire, providing emergency shelter.  A contractor using a torch to repair the roof of the building has been charged in connection with the fire.

Anyone seeking help in the aftermath of the fire, may contact AAFE by following this link.