Press Releases



Apply Here! Pragati Overview Pragati is a free program to empower South Asian and Indo-Caribbean cis-women, trans-women, and non- binary individuals who have had trouble finding jobs that empower them. Over a six-week period, Chhaya CDC will provide participants with all of the skills they need to be IRS-certified tax preparers. Fifteen participants who successfully […]


Chhaya CDC PRESS RELEASE   FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact: 9/25/2018 LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS URGE NEW YORK’S ASIAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY TO INCREASE CIVIC PARTICIPATION ON NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY Flushing, NY —Asian American organizations hosted a press conference today with local leaders and registered voters at Flushing Library for National Voter Registration Day. The event was […]

Chhaya CDC’s Annual Chatpati Mela Celebrates “Home” through Food, Socially Engaged Art, and a Superb Line-up of South Asian Performers

Jackson Heights, NY – On Saturday, July 21st, 2018 an estimated 2,500 people attended Chhaya’s Annual Chatpati Mela, or “Street Fair” in Jackson Heights, Queens. In light of increased gentrification and displacement in the neighborhood, Chhaya CDC chose the theme of “Home” for this year’s Mela. In its work, the non-profit organization has ramped up its efforts in housing […]

Chhaya’s Homebuyer Fair Empowers Low-Income Families on the Path to Home Ownership

Jackson Heights, NY – Chhaya CDC’s Annual Homebuyer Fair was held on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at P.S.069, in the heart of Jackson Heights. The event attracted over 500 residents and families from diverse economic backgrounds, many of whom are immigrants. There is currently an affordable housing crisis in New York City, and homeownership increasingly […]

New Americans Campaigns NY/NJ Invitation to Free Mega Citizenship Drive

Citizenship Workshop:  FREE LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP For Immediate Release NEW YORK, NY, April 24, 2018 — The New Americans Campaign (NAC) NY/NJ Partners announced that registration is now open for Lawful Permanent Residents (also known as Green Card Holders or LPRs) who want to apply to become U.S. Citizens.   The Mega […]

DREAMers + Allies Rally at Schumer’s Office; Demand a Clean DREAM Act in the Federal Budget

Thursday, January 11, 2018 Washington – On Wednesday, January 10th, the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and allies joined DREAMers to rally at New York Senator Charles Schumer’s midtown offices, demanding that he include a clean DREAM Act in the federal budget. Co-sponsors included the Asian American Federation, Arab American Association of New York, Chayya Community […]

Chhaya hosts a Town Hall to reflect on the year and how we move forward as a community

Jackson Heights, NY – On Saturday, December 16th, 2017, Chhaya Community Development Corporation hosted a Town Hall & Function at the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, to discuss immigration legislation, family safety (hate crimes, Islamophobia, xenophobia), and how the new tax plan could impact individuals and families’ financial well-being. The event was not only […]

Chhaya Announces New Executive Director

Chhaya Announces New Executive Director

Chhaya CDC announces the appointment of its new Executive Director, Ms. Annetta Seecharran. Annetta is no stranger to Chhaya, having served as a board member for three years and then as Interim Executive Director for the past six months. In these two roles Annetta demonstrated her unwavering commitment to Chhaya’s mission as well as her […]

Housing Experts Discuss Opportunities  for Sustainable Homeownership in NYC

Housing Experts Discuss Opportunities for Sustainable Homeownership in NYC

Queens, NY— Chhaya CDC’s Seventh Annual Home Buyer Fair was held on Saturday, April 9th 2016, in Jackson Heights, attracting over 300 prospective homebuyers. Co-sponsored by Councilmember Daniel Dromm and Senator Jose Peralta, the fair connected community members, many of whom are new immigrants, with the resources and knowledge to fulfill one of their life […]