The Asian American Federation of Florida (AAFF) is a 501(c)(3) coalition that aims to unity and collaboration among the various Asian Pacific American organizations and to improve the relationship of a culturally diverse Asian Pacific American community in Florida. The AAFF is a statewide organization made up of more than 70 Bangladesh, Burmese, Cambodian, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Iranian, Korean, Laotian, Taiwanese, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese community-based organizations, businesses and media.



Homeownership is a dream that has eluded many Asian Americans and NHPI in the South. Data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey indicate that Asian Americans in Atlanta, Dallas, and metropolitan Washington, DC have below-average rates of homeownership, and
NHPI often have homeownership rates comparable to those of Latinos and Blacks or African Americans. Both homeowners and renters struggle to find affordable housing, with many Asian Americans and NHPI spending 30% or more of their income on housing costs.


According to data from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, Asian Americans throughout the region are less likely than Whites to have health insurance, with several Asian American ethnic groups among those least likely to be insured. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created greater opportunities to access affordable health coverage for many Asian Americans and NHPI, but improvements are still needed to ensure they are able to benefit from the expanded availability of health insurance.

Data Collection and Research

Data on growing Asian American and NHPI communities are critical to developing informed public policy. Because data on Asian Americans and NHPI as racial groups often mask social and economic diversity among ethnic groups, data disaggregated by ethnic group are essential to understand and serve these communities well.