AAFE Opens New Office to Serve Queens’ Immigrants

Sen. Jessica Ramos and Eusebio Veras, who is an immigrant, at the new AAFE headquarters. (Photo by Javier Castaño via Queens Latino)

Aiming to offer civics classes and social services to Queens’ immigrant community, particularly Latinos, community organization Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) has opened a new office a few steps off the corner of 84th Street and Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights.

“We immigrant communities need to unite and grow together, because that is where our strength lies,” said Thomas Yu, co-executive director of AAFE. “Our organization is on the battlefront, defending communities of color and new immigrants in particular.”

The new office, located at 37-61 84th Street, will offer such services in Spanish as citizenship test preparation and help with family member petitions, legal advice in cases of tenant abuse by landlords, SNAP for seniors, HEAP, reduced-fare MetroCards and guidance on finding health insurance.

Eusebio Veras said that the organization has helped him greatly and has done so in Spanish. “It serves the entire community, may God protect them,” said Veras, who took a picture with state Sen. Jessica Ramos after praising her work as a politician.

“I am here to officially welcome AAFE, an organization that has brought dignity back to this community by fighting for its rights in areas such as immigration, housing and transportation,” said Sen. Ramos.

Fung Shu Jiu described in Mandarin how AAFE helped him solve a problem he had in his apartment, which had several leaks. “Everyone is welcome here, and they help you navigate the city and obtain social services. This office is bigger than the previous one and is able to offer more services,” he said, adding that he is an artist and would be willing to offer art classes for immigrants at AAFE.

“The housing crisis is affecting this neighborhood immensely. AAFE has helped us expose this problem through information and through people who have been affected by this situation,” said Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who talked and took pictures with attendants at the inauguration (…).

“Every resident of the area deserves social services, and AAFE will continue to provide the assistance that immigrants need,” said state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky, adding that she supports Dreamers and that she hopes the Senate will approve affordable housing laws this year.

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