For 40 years Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP) has provided well-needed and welcomed support to Haitian immigrants and their families in Southeast Queens. The nonprofit will now be able to extend their services to the community with the addition of two brand new 24-passenger buses they were awarded earlier this month.

HAUP received the buses through a grant issued by the New York State Department of Transportation.

HAUP provides a number of services and that directly and indirectly benefit the older members of our communities, the nonprofit said in a statement. “The elderly in particular struggle with public and government-funded transportation.”

Language barriers and a lack of information are contributing factors.

“Because of the gap in transportation needs, this particular demographic is unable to access the and services available to them,” HAUP said. “With these buses, our hope is to bridge that gap so that they are be able to participate in center-based services and community programs both at HAUP and in the surrounding area.”

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