Drop-in Centers

Drop-in Centers

Our Drop-In Centers (DIC) are no-barrier, walk-in spaces at both locations, East Harlem and Washington Heights, where we offer coffee, snacks, showers, bathrooms, and laundry. We focus on meeting participants’ basic needs, building trusting relationships, and then gradually engaging individuals in higher levels of care.

Our DICs are a safe space for our participants to relax, socialize, and spend time in a caring and comfortable environment. As we learn more about their needs, we can connect them to services, including those offered through our HUB clinic, Case Management, and Holistic Health Services. We also give out clothes, including underwear, socks, shoes, coats, shirts, and pants. 

The DICs are set up as the “People’s Living Room” that reflects their unique cultures and needs. We offer activities, including safe injection education groups, game tournaments, groups specialized for men and women, open mic nights, and ESL classes for individuals who are Spanish speakers. 

We also have a Participant Advisory Board that meets on a monthly basis to receive input and feedback and then shape and evolve services to meet the unique needs and desires of our participants.

Visit Us

East Harlem
104 -106 E 126th St #1A
New York, NY 10035
info@nyhre.org
(212) 828-8464

Washington Heights
500 W 180th St
New York, NY 10033

Drop-in Centers Hours
Washington Heights DIC
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 8 PM
Weekends: 9 AM – 4:30 PM 

East Harlem DIC
Monday – Friday: 9 AM – 8 PM

Other Services

Our Drop-In Centers (DIC) are no-barrier, walk-in spaces at both locations, East Harlem and Washington Heights, where we offer coffee, snacks, showers, bathrooms, and laundry. We focus on meeting participants’ basic needs, building trusting relationships, and then gradually engaging individuals in higher levels of care.

We provide syringe exchange, safer drug use supply provision, education, and counseling which provide people who use drugs with the tools they need to reduce the potential harms associated with drug use and needle-sharing, including information on safer sex, HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

We made history and became the first organization in the US to open two OPCs (also known as Supervised Consumption Centers) that monitor drug consumption on-site in East Harlem and Washington Heights. The program reduces overdose death and health risks associated with drug use.

We offer an array of in-house clinical services for people who use drugs or engage in sex work including HIV and Hep-C testing, wound care, Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT), including buprenorphine, medical assessments, and counseling. We also provide the COVID-19 vaccine, flu shots, acupuncture, acupressure, and reiki.

We operate a hotline number (718-415-3708) for community members to report syringe litter or public drug use. Our staff dispatches a team to clean up the area and to help divert public use. We also educate our community members on harm reduction, overdose prevention, and other services.

We have teams of Case Managers at both of our locations who conduct benefits navigation, advocacy, health navigation, case conference sessions with various providers, drug education groups, individual counseling, and modalities for safer drug use.

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