HAUP office
The Haitian-Americans United for Progress (HAUP) office in Brooklyn. Photo credit: Garry Pierre-Pierre

From Flatbush and Crown Heights in Brooklyn, to Cambria Heights and Jamaica in Queens, Haitian-led community-based organizations (CBOs) serve neighborhoods throughout the New York City metropolitan region that have been hardest-hit by the novel coronavirus pandemic that has infected more than 198,000 people citywide. 

“The pandemic is affecting everybody,” said Elsie Saint-Louis, executive director of Haitian Americans United for Progress (HAUP), a nonprofit that provides immigration, health and educational services to Haitian-Americans, as well as the broader community in Queens and Brooklyn. 

“Our issue is that the assistance and all the help that is available to every community is not being equally given or divided in the community that we serve,” Saint-Louis also told the Haitian Times. 

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Sam is a reporter for The Haitian Times and a 2020 Report for America fellow. He has covered Haiti and its diaspora since 2018. His work has also appeared in USA Today, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and...