Who We Are

AAFE has been advancing equality since 1974.

Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the lives of Asian Americans and all of those in need. Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal rights, AAFE has transformed in the past four decades to become one of New York’s preeminent housing, social service and community development organizations.

AAFE is committed to preserving affordable housing throughout New York and to providing new opportunities for the city’s diverse immigrant communities. Employing innovative approaches, the organization has preserved and developed 86 buildings, creating more than 1.000 units of housing. It has secured approximately $416 million in mortgage financing for home buyers and disbursed more than $50 million in loans to hundreds of small businesses.

Through a wide range of multilingual counseling services, AAFE provides education, financial assistance and training to empower people, small businesses and neighborhoods. Its research, advocacy and grassroots organizing initiatives help to shape government policy and to effect positive change. At its heart, AAFE embodies the hopes and dreams of New York’s many vibrant immigrant communities, and helps turn those dreams into reality.

Contact Us

Send AAFE an email, visit our offices in Manhattan, Queens or Brooklyn


AAFE's Impact in Our Community During the Past Year

cases were handled by AAFE housing counselors

clients received immigration assistance from our counselors.

small businesses received low-interest loans

students received college admissions assistance

Video: AAFE’s Flushing Youth Program 

Recent Stories

How to Report Hate Crimes, Including Those Linked to COVID-19

How to Report Hate Crimes, Including Those Linked to COVID-19

In the past few weeks, the Asian American community has been subjected to numerous instances of physical violence, harassment and racist remarks linked to coronavirus. There can be no tolerance for xenophobic attacks and slurs at any time, but especially not as we...

Get Counted! Complete the 2020 Census Today!

Get Counted! Complete the 2020 Census Today!

If you want to take a simple step to help your community, complete the 2020 Census today! Billions of dollars for affordable housing, schools, health care and more are on the line. New Yorkers must participate in order for our underserved neighborhoods to get their...

AAFE Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

AAFE Services During the COVID-19 Outbreak

Following the City of New York’s decision to close its public schools, we have made the decision to close AAFE’s offices, community centers and senior centers effective Monday, March 16. While protecting the health of our community and staff must take precedence as...

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