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Up in Harlem: Resources

March 2003

New York's Harlem, like most communities of color, generally falls under the heading of "underserved communities" when the subject is HIV and AIDS. That label is accurate, as far as it goes, but "underserved" doesn't mean "unserved." There are a lot of agencies, old and new, large and small, in and around Harlem working to provide the prevention, treatment, and support services so vital to the community. A word of warning: The world of funding for HIV/AIDS services, whether public or private, is treacherous. As a result, agencies come and go and the programs they can offer change as the money to run them is awarded or taken away. Because of this constantly changing program landscape, no listing of resources can be considered truly comprehensive or remain up to date for very long.


If you are looking for a specific service or for an agency in a particular geographic location, the most current information about who's doing what at any given time may be available through one of the networks of agencies serving the community:

Central Harlem HIV Care Network
204 West 1365h Street
New York, NY 10030
voice: (212) 926-8000
fax: (212) 283-4948

East Harlem HIV Care Network
East Harlem Health Department
158 East 115th Street, Ste 218
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 828-6141/42/43
fax: (212) 360-5914

Harlem Directors' Group
271 West 125th Street, Ste 215
New York, NY 10027
voice: (212) 531-0049
fax: (212) 531-4405

Specialty Agencies

Some agencies concentrate on specific needs or tailor their services to specific populations.

African Services Committee
429 West 127th Street
Second Floor
New York, NY 10027
voice: (212) 222-3882

This agency targets its services specifically to immigrants from Africa and the Caribbean. Since the majority of HIV-positive individuals from these areas are infected with a subtype of the virus that is different from that infecting most North American natives, the agency's testing center not only tests for HIV (along with TB and other STDs), but offers "subtype" or "diversity testing" to determine the strain of HIV infecting an individual, a piece of information with important implications for treatment and viral load testing. The African Services Committee also runs a prevention education program; provides housing under a HOPWA grant; provides medical interpreters and escorts; advocates on behalf of its client population; and offers a wide variety of case management and support services.

Alianza Dominicana
2410 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
voice: (212) 795-4225/927-6811/740-6692
fax: (212) 740-1967/795-4285

Provides services to the Dominican community.

Association for Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment, Inc. (ADAPT)
2230 First Avenue
New York, NY 10029
voice: (718) 782-2080
fax: (718) 782-5591

Community Association of Progressive Dominicans
2268 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10033
voice: (212) 781-4955/5500
fax: (212) 781-4839

Community Law Offices of the Legal Aid Society
230 East 106th Street
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 426-3045/3000
fax: (212) 996-1608/876-5365

This Legal Aid office offers a wide range of legal services of importance to people with HIV, including housing and employment discrimination matters, child custody, permanency planning, etc.

Gay Men of African Descent (GMAD)
103 East 125th Street, Suite 503
New York, NY 10035
voice: (212) 828-1697

This agency offers a wide variety of health and social services for its target population, including general and HIV-specific support groups, recreational activities, services for men over 50 years old, risk reduction counseling, a testing and counseling program, and outreach and condom distribution at the Mt. Morris bathhouse.

Harlem Dowling Westside Center for Children and Family Services
2090 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 749-3656
fax: (212) 749-9539

Harlem Dowling provides a full menu of services for children and their families, including general foster care, a kinship program, an independent living skills unit, a mother/baby program, adoption, and post-adoption services.

Iris House
2348 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
New York, NY 10030
2271 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10035
voice: (646) 548-0100

Iris House's services are tailored to the special needs of HIV-positive women. They include nutrition services (cooking classes, exercise classes, nutrition counseling, body massage); COBRA case management; scattered-site housing (66-family units in Harlem); women's support groups (mental health, women over age 50, anger management, Narcotics Anonymous, and others). The Second Avenue location provides prevention case management, peer education, and legal services. Nutrition counseling at the East Side location is also open to men. All services are available in Spanish and English.

New York Harm Reduction Educators, Inc.
903 Dawson Street
Bronx, NY 10459
voice: (718) 842-6050
fax: (718) 842-7001

Despite the Bronx address, New York Harm Reduction Educators offers its services widely to the Harlem community. As the name implies, its focus is providing services to individuals with current or recent problems with substance and alcohol abuse from a harm reduction perspective. It offers syringe exchange; case management; "sidewalk psychotherapy"; case-management; acupuncture; legal assistance; other services.

Odyssey House
219 East 121st Street
New York, NY 10035
voice: (212) 426-6647
fax: (212) 426-0324

Substance abuse services.

Reality House
637 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
voice: (800) 427-3254;
(212) 666-8000

Reality House is a substance abuse and HIV treatment and prevention center providing outpatient services to the Harlem community. Its services include HIV treatment and prevention, testing, pre- and post-test counseling, education and prevention, combined care for HIV-positive substance abusers, peer education, harm reduction, primary care, domestic violence counseling, partner notification, and bereavement counseling.

General Services

There are many agencies in and around Harlem that offer more general services to HIV-positive members of the community. Again, service menus change frequently, and it is best to check before visiting the agency to be sure it offers what you are looking for.

Boriken Health Center
2253 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10035
voice: (212) 289-6650
fax: (212) 360-5088/6149

Central Harlem STD Clinic New York City Department of Health
Bureau of Sexually Transmitted Disease Control
2238 Fifth Avenue, Third Floor
New York, NY 10037
voice: (212) 690-1760/1762
fax: (212) 862-9627

Harlem Congregations for Community Improvement
2854 Frederick Douglass Boulevard
New York, NY 10039
voice: (212) 491-6895/283-5266
fax: (212) 283-7243

Harlem United: Community Aids Center
123-125 West 124th Street
New York, NY 10027
voice: (212) 803-2850
fax: (212) 803-2899/531-0141/802-3379

HATS/Harlem Hospital
332 West 141st Street
New York, NY 10030
voice: (212) 939-2847/4131
fax: (212) 939-2813

Inwood Community Services, Inc.
651 Academy Street
New York, NY 10037
voice: (212) 942-0043
fax: (646) 349-1409

Metropolitan Hospital Infectious Diseases Clinic
1901 First Avenue
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 423-6127
fax: (212) 423-6507

Minority Task Force on AIDS
3280 Broadway, Third Floor, Suite 302
New York, NY 10027
voice: (212) 283-9180
fax: (212) 283-9195

North General Hospital AIDS Center
1879 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10035
voice: (212) 423-4000
fax: (212) 423-4045

St. Luke A.M.E. Church Good Samaritan HIV/AIDS Ministry
1854 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10031
voice: (212) 870-1349/1350
fax: (212) 870-1322

St. Luke's Morningside Clinic
1111 Amsterdam Avenue Sty-7
New York, NY 10025
voice: (212) 523-5818/1775
fax: (212) 523-3699/3470

Settlement Health
212 East 106th Street
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 360-2684/2674
fax: (212) 360-2681

Union Settlement Association
2089 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10029
voice: (212) 828-6144
fax: (212) 828-6145

VIDA Family Services
205 East 117th Street
New York, NY 10035
voice: (212) 289-2527
fax: (212) 289-5231

William F. Ryan Community Health Center
110 West 97th Street
New York, NY 10025
voice: (212) 769-7267
fax: (212) 666-4438

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This article was provided by Body Positive. It is a part of the publication Body Positive.
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