Chhaya opens new community center in Richmond Hill neighborhood

N.Y. Councilwoman Adrienne Adams, third from left, and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, third from right, join Chhaya Community Development Corporation’s executive director Annetta Seecharran, center, to inaugurate its second location in Richmond Hill, Queens, Jan. 29. According to a Chhaya press release, this is the first major expansion for the non-profit which is based in Jackson Heights, where it has provided free housing and financial services to thousands of low-to-moderate income (LMI) residents for nearly two decades. With the new location, Chhaya’s programs will be offered to the historically underserved neighborhood of Richmond Hill, including foreclosure prevention counseling for homeowners, basement apartment advocacy work, and — beginning this week - free tax preparation and filing services, the press release said. Seecharran welcomed guests to Chhaya’s Richmond Hill Community Center — a day that has been nearly a decade in the making. “In these roles,” she said, “it has been my personal mission to bring the communities together – recognizing the power of alliances, the power of numbers and the power of shared resources. Chhaya’s presence here in Richmond Hill, represents that strategy and vision.”

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