SHAKTI: Housing Justice Organizers

Chhaya seeks dedicated and passionate college students, recent grads, and young professionals to join our leadership training program, Shakti: Housing Justice Organizers. The program provides a platform for concerned community members to learn about the needs of low-income South Asian and immigrant New Yorkers, get involved through direct organizing and services, and be a part of Chhaya’s mission to fight for housing rights.

Based in Jackson Heights, Queens, Chhaya Community Development Corporation is dedicated to creating more stable and sustainable communities by increasing civic participation and addressing the housing and community development needs of New Yorkers of South Asian origin and their neighbors. Its work encompasses community organizing, education, and one-on-one counseling, as well as research and advocacy around fighting gentrification and xenophobia through tenant rights, financial empowerment, homeownership, and civic engagement.

In these times of rapid gentrification and a rising tide of racism against South Asians and other communities of color, Chhaya is seeking to train the next generation of leaders who will step up to preserve and protect our communities.

The program includes:

  • Weekly training sessions where participants build solidarity and learn about salient economic, social, and political issues affecting the South Asian community
  • Hands-on volunteer experiences to build skills in community organizing, advocacy, and grassroots activism
  • Networking opportunities with elected officials, activists, advocates, and organizers leading the movement for social justice in New York
  • Opportunities to engage in Chhaya’s work to prevent displacement, promote systemic change, and build the power of the South Asian community


For more information, contact Farzana Linda:, 718-478-3848.