AAFE was pleased to host City Council member Carlos Menchaca in our Sunset Park, Brooklyn office April 13, 2018. For the second year in a row, AAFE served as a polling site for the Council Member’s Participatory Budgeting Initiative.

Participatory Budgeting is a democratic process in which community members directly decide how to spend part of the Council budget. Voting was open until April 15. Council member Menchaca District 38, which includes Sunset Park, Red Hook, Greenwood Heights, and portions of Borough Park, Dyker Heights and Windsor Terrace.

In 2017, CM Menchaca reports, District 38 produced the highest number of voters in the participatory budgeting program. Voting is welcome regardless of immigration status and children as young as 11 years old are eligible. For further information, see a full list of items that were voted on and learn more about the process.

Pictured above, you see Ms. Lu, who came to our office to enroll in IDNYC, New York City’s free identification card, as well as to cast her Participatory Budgeting votes.

AAFE offers a wide range of Community Services and resident Engagement & Advocacy programs at our offices in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens. AAFE works with clients one-on-one to ensure their rights to safe and decent housing, to secure and extend appropriate government housing subsidies and to make sure they have access to social support programs, such as food stamps, Medicaid and health care.  Please contact AAFE is you need help in any of these areas.