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.
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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
Statement from Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE): May 29, 2020 -- As New York confronts an unprecedented health and economic crisis, AAFE calls on our city, state and federal government leaders to implement a comprehensive housing stabilization plan. This is the...
To address a critical community need for Chinese language support, AAFE recently began assisting people who need help filing weekly claims for unemployment insurance through New York State. And now AAFE's Tina Li has recorded a brief video tutorial in Mandarin,...
AAFE is now providing telephone assistance for people seeking to file applications for unemployment insurance with New York State. Counselors from AAFE’s Workforce Development and Entitlement programs are collaborating to provide the new service, which is available in...