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Small Business Saturday and Beyond: Addressing the Commercial Rent Challenge

Today is Small Business Saturday! Over the years, this day and initiative has gained momentum and consumers are encouraged to shop local, shop small. At Chhaya, we understand the urgency of that call. We hear it daily from the 500 merchants, largely from Jackson Heights and Richmond Hill, that we work with through our Small Business Program, […]

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Gala Postponement Announcement

These are trying and painful times, and after careful deliberation and thoughtful discussions among Chhaya staff, board, and allies, we have made the difficult decision to postpone our gala this week.  The violence in the Middle East, and the ripple effects closer to home, have hit our communities hard. The idea of coming together in […]

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United We Stand: Remembering Hurricane Ida and Advocating for a Safer Tomorrow

Dear Chhaya Friends and Community,    As the Executive Director of Chhaya CDC and a resident of the Jackson Heights community, I write this letter in honor of the lives lost during Hurricane Ida and the community that was destroyed by unprecedented inland flooding.    Two years ago, Hurricane Ida landed in the tri-state area […]

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