By Sam Bojarski

Tenants throughout New York State can now apply for a portion of the $100 million in assistance made available through the COVID Rent Relief Program. But certain details about the application process could prove cumbersome for some tenants, including members of the Haitian community. 

Federal funding from the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has made the program possible. New York State’s Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) department will accept applications through July 30 for the program, on the basis of need. While the state has a Haitian Creole version of the application materials available for download, applicants must submit their applications in English. 

Row houses on Hawthorne Street, in Brooklyn. Photo by Leonardo March

Those who need assistance with the application can call the office of District 45 Council Member Farah Louis, at 718-629-2900. The application assistance is part of an ongoing partnership with Flatbush Development Corporation and NHS Brooklyn.  

Flatbush Development Corporation can offer application assistance in Haitian Creole, while NHS Brooklyn has the capability to offer assistance in French. Louis’ office is working in tandem with these organizations to make sure that eligible community members apply for the rent relief program, according to Kristia Winter, a spokesperson for Louis. 


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Sam Bojarski

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...