Decades on, Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center Moves from Allen Street
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.
i can’t believe it’s finally happening but today is moving day for the lower east side harm reduction center. it’s been at 25 allen st since 2000. i’ve been here less than a year but it’s the place in nyc that’s felt most like home to me. i’m going to miss it here so so much pic.twitter.com/gyBp3fYgv5
— Topical Depression Kastalia (@kastaliamedrano) May 27, 2020