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AAFE Statement: Safe haven at 91 East Broadway

February 11, 2022 – Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) has no involvement in the proposed safe haven at 91 East Broadway in Manhattan’s Chinatown. In keeping with our nearly 50-year history of advocating for community resources and Asian language access, last year we explored a partnership with Care for the Homeless, the service provider at the 91 East Broadway facility. Our proposed role would have been to assist with outreach to the Asian community in Chinatown and the Lower East Side and to provide Asian language services at the safe haven. In early December 2021, AAFE withdrew from the project. We remain committed to advocating for culturally and linguistically appropriate social services in Chinatown and throughout New York City. AAFE has a long track record in Chinatown of preserving and building affordable housing, advocating for low-income tenants, providing access to essential social services and helping immigrant small businesses succeed. Our dedication to providing these critical programs and services, including compassionate care for our most vulnerable community members, is stronger than ever. As New York City emerges from the pandemic, we look forward to working with our community to ensure an equitable recovery for all.

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