Decades on, Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center Moves from Allen Street

Posted on: June 15th, 2020 at 5:09 am by

After two decades of community service on Allen Street, the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center is on the move.

The community-based, non-profit organization closed its low-profile facility at 25 Allen last month. It will reopen at 35 East Broadway beginning in August. The Alliance for Positive Change, which has run the program since 2016, confirmed the location change and stated that lease expiration was cause for closure.

The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center was founded in 1990 as an underground needle exchange, when such programs were illegal in the city. It took two more years before the law changed and the operation legitimized. Their mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, HCV, and other drug-related harm among injection drug users.

Today, the center offers syringe exchanges, HIV testing, substance abuse counseling and other services.

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