In the Community

We continue to be visible and provide services that remain vital to our community.

Celebrating Who We Are

LESHRC prides itself on welcoming all and celebrating diversity.


Reaching out and delivering our message to the people who need to hear it remains at the core of our work and mission.

Spirit of Advocacy

LESHRC was founded on the Spirit of Advocacy and we continue to fight for the rights of all of our participants.

LESHRC Services - Weekly Calendar

LESHRC Services Weekly Calendar

Syringe Exchange: No Pre-requisites. Enrollment conducted on a drop-in basis.
Intake: An intake session is a pre-requisite to counseling services.
Drop-In Center: Open to Syringe Exchange and Counseling Services participants
Counseling Services: Individualized support, made by appointment, for a variety of services.

All facilities are closed on the following legal holidays: New Year's Day: Jan. 1, Memorial Day: May 26, Independence Day: July 4, Labor Day: Sep. 1, Thanksgiving Day: Nov. 27, Christmas: Dec. 25, New Year's Eve: December 31, 2014

Helping the Community Via Prevention and Education

Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center is a culturally diverse, community based, non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce the spread of HIV/AIDS, HCV and other drug related harm among injection drug users and the community.



Community Compassion: LESHRC 2014 Fundraiser

Community Compassion: LESHRC 2014 Fundraiser

Thursday March 6th, 6-9PM

118 Orchard St



The night will feature art by Bert Stern, Natalie White and more

Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments

Curated by Emerald Fitzgerald and Laura O’Reilly

All art will be for sale. A portion of the art works purchased, as well as your additional generous donations, including a $50 cover charge, will benefit the LESHRC’s provision of life saving harm reduction services which define the organization’s mission on the Lower East Side and beyond.

We are counting on your support.

Come celebrate over 20 years of service with us!




Expanded Syringe Exchange Outreach Area Approved by AIDS Institute!

LESHRC is thrilled to announce that we have received approval from the AIDS Institute to expand the area covered by our SEP Waiver!

As of September 16th, the boundaries of our walkabout are expanded to East 20th Street to the north, 5th Avenue and Bowery to the west, and the FDR Drive to the east and south. Walkabout hours are Mondays 5 pm - 8 pm; Wednesdays 11 am - 2 pm; Thursdays 8 pm - 11 pm; Fridays 5 pm - 8 pm; and Saturdays 11 am - 2 pm. You can look at the map below to compare the boundaries of our old SEP waiver with the new one.

I hope you will join us in congratulating Sadat Iqbal, our Director of Outreach and Community Development, who led this effort to develop consensus with disparate community stakeholders, in order to address a much needed expansion of SEP services to the areas outlying Union Square.

Thanks are also in order to Reilly Glasgow, Nadya Torres, Gisella de la Rocha, Ajani Benjamin, and LESHRC Executive Director D. Alexandra Dyer.

As Sadat says, "There's so much more work to do!"

And he's on it.


Mobile Medical Unit Comes to LESHRC!

New York, NY, September 9, 2013

The Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center (LESHRC) is proud to announce a collaboration with Ryan-NENA Community Health Center on a new project led by LESHRC Director of Behavioral Health and Medical Services, Ajani Benjamin. On Thursday, September 5, 2013 LESHRC hosted the first visit from the Ryan Network Mobile Health Care Unit; it was a great success with five participants accessing heath care services from the unit and more scheduled to do so in weeks to come.

LESHRC will be hosting visits from the Ryan Network Mobile Health Unit every Thursday from 10 AM to 3 PM at the storefront at 25 Allen Street. LESHRC participants will be able to access primary medical care from the mobile health unit which will include medical checkups, STI testing, wound and abscess care, diabetes management, high blood pressure management, cholesterol management, and urgent care. All services will be available in English and Spanish. Moreover, any participants who register with the Ryan Network mobile medical unit will then be able to access medical care at any of the five Ryan Centers in New York City. This is an excellent opportunity for LESHRC to provide participants with linkage to care. In addition to this, the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center will be happy to provide harm reduction psychotherapy and other harm reduction services for any Ryan-NENA clients who are active drug users.

Ryan-NENA stated that it is delighted to partner with LESHRC to provide comprehensive medical care, treatment including prescriptions, and support services to LESHRC consumers. As more and more components of the Affordable Care Act are being implemented, this collaboration is part of ensuring that all have access to the best medical care and treatment in the Lower East Side community. The mission of the William F. Ryan Community Health Network, in the words of the late Congressman William F. Ryan, is "Health Care is a Right not a Privilege". This collaboration allows both organizations to move toward accomplishing that mission.

Ajani Benjamin commented, "The launch of this collaboration with the Ryan-NENA Community Health Center  for the provision of much needed medical services is a boon not only for People Who Inject Drugs (PWID) but also to local community members who benefit from increased access to  sensitive and culturally competent medical care. I’m very hopeful for future collaborations between the Lower East Side Harm Reduction Center and Ryan-NENA."

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