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COVID-19 Agencies offering services, resources during pandemic
by Matt Simonette
2020-03-30

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AIDS Foundation of Chicago and Center on Halsted have partnered on a helpline for persons with HIV/AIDS who need assistance with rent and/or utilities. Call 844-HUB-4040.

Brave Space Alliance ( BSA ) announced March 15 that it would be moving its programming online with a "virtual drop-in center" that would incorporate aspects of BSA's workshops for members of the Black and Brown LGBT community on the South and West Sides. BSA, in partnership with Center on Halsted, is also undertaking a rapid-response crisis pantry that will collect food donations and compile lists of Chicagoans in need. Call 708-686-4397 or see BraveSpaceAlliance.org .

Broadway Youth Center offers its basic drop-in services Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 9-11 a.m. Those requiring medical services should contact Howard Brown Health. Call 773-388-1600, ext. 9, or see HowardBrown.org/service/broadway-youth-center/.

Center on Halsted is closed until further notice, but various resource lines remain open. See CenterOnHalsted.org/program-updates.html.

City of Chicago offers a comprehensive online resource page with COVID-19 information at Chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html.

Heartland Alliance's citywide Vital Bridges food pantry and delivery program continues, but hours may be affected by the pandemic. For information, call 312-660-1300 or visit www.heartlandalliance.org/program/vital-bridges-food-program/.

Howard Brown Health's Sheridan Road location is open, but the health system has closed several of its clinics and offices for the duration of the crisis. The system has also adopted a number of protocols to minimize the chances for exposure. Call 773-388-1600 or see HowardBrown.org .

South Side Help Center has limited public access to its facilities for the duration of the crisis. Call 773-445-5445 or see SouthSideHelp.org .

Test Positive Aware Network ( TPAN ) is closed at least through April 13. The organization continues to serve clients who can be assisted remotely. For information, call 773-989-9400 or see TPAN.com .


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