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 800 units of housing. It has secured approximately $380 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.

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AAFE’s Impact in Our Community During the Past Year

tenants attended our affordable housing workshops in three boroughs.

clients received immigration assistance from our counselors.

small businesses received loans totaling $3.4 million in capital.

families received home loans from AAFE's Community Development Fund.

Recent Stories

Recap: 2018 Asian American Community Development Conference

Our 11th Annual Asian American Community Development Conference took place Nov. 9, 2018 at the Asia Society. Participants engaged in lively and illuminating conversations about critical issues facing our communities. AAFE co-hosted with the...

Speculation Watch List: A New Tool to Battle Predatory Equity

AAFE joined city officials and City Councilmember Ritchie Torres at City Hall Oct. 30 for the release of the first-ever Speculation Watch List. The list, which will be published quarterly, identifies recently sold rent-regulated buildings where...

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