Welcome to the HUB!

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Your Health Resources, Our Services

Get The Support You Deserve at THE HUB
The Groove is in the HUB. Find your groove and essential services at the heart of LGBTQ+ and HIV care at the HIV Resource Coordination HUB. The HUB is a collaboration between the AIDS Foundation Chicago and Center on Halsted to provide up-to-date services in LGBTQ+ healthcare for those living with or vulnerable to HIV or those looking for LGBTQ+ related health care. Navigating health and supportive service systems can be complicated and turn into a chore. It doesn’t need to be. The HUB is a one-stop-shop where you can come as you are, be heard, find the support and resources you need. You know what you are looking for and we can help find a way to get you that support.
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Help you get tested

If you’re looking to get tested for HIV or other STIs, the HUB can help. We’ll also help you get connected to HIV-related health care, if you need it.

Get You On PrEP

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) can be one of the tools in your belt to help prevent acquiring HIV. We can connect you to PrEP counseling and get you connected to a health provider who can prescribe PrEP. To learn more about PrEP go to PrEP4Love.

Get you connected to a health care provider

Whether you’re looking for a Primary Care Provider, or a dentist, or just need help getting insured, we got this. We can help you with health care referrals. We can help simplify and cut through the red tape.

Provide a listening ear

Honestly, sometimes we just need someone to talk to. Our team is here to listen and help you out. We got you, boo.

Help you with navigating housing needs

If you are living with HIV and currently looking for support with your housing search, at-risk of experiencing homelessness, or currently experiencing homelessness, the HUB can connect you to supportive services which can make navigating this situation easier and help you find housing solutions.

Connect you to case management

Sometimes we need someone who can help us with more long-term navigation of many different systems. If you are living with HIV, we can connect you to Case Management intake for medical and non-medical support. You don’t have to do this alone.

Share referrals for other services

We can connect you to a network of providers and support services from legal services, to immigration support, to tenant’s right’s support. Our network of experienced providers is expansive. You name it and we can probably find something to help.

Support you with Emergency Financial Assistance

The HUB has two Emergency Financial Assistance funds available: one for individuals living with HIV/AIDS and another for people currently taking PrEP. We can help relieve some financial burdens with one-time payments for things like rent support and paying your utility bills.

How do I get connected?

Give us a call at 1-844-482-4040! We are also looking forward to opening in-person services at Center on Halsted in 2021! Stay tuned! Our services are confidential.
• Monday – Saturday: 9 am – 10 pm
• Sunday: 9 am – 5 pm

Closed on the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Juneteenth, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day.

THE PEOPLE @ THE HIV HUB

This is the HUB- The People. We aim to show up in every interaction and all the work we do as compassionate, experienced, and reliable sources of support. You can hold us to that!
Team

Jill Dispenza

Jill joined Center on Halsted in 2003. In 2005, she became Director of the State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline and in 2008, Jill …

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Nicole Holmes BS, CHES

Nicole Holmes (B.S. CHES) is a Hotline/HUB HIV & STD Resources Manager for Center on Halsted, the Midwest’s largest and most comprehensive LGBTQ+ community center. In her role …

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Team

Saanti Martin

Saanti Martin is a new Health Educator at Center on Halsted. Three years ago, I started in non-profit. Initially I was clueless, but I knew that …

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Team

Clinton Latimore Jr.

He/Him I am Housing Navigator at the AIDS Foundation Chicago. I was born and raised on the south side of Chicago and I love my …

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Team

Jose Hernandez Lopez

I am a Rapid Resource Responder at Center on Halsted. From the sierras of western Mexico, I bring both professional and lived experience growing up …

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Kayla McGovern

Originally from the western suburbs of the Twin Cities, MN, I came to Chicago five years ago for my undergraduate degree. I am honored to …

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Meet
Román
Buenrostro

Román was one of the originators of The HUB. As a fierce and fabulous advocate, Román fought for equity and justice in HIV and LGBTQ+ health services. Román passed away on March 25, 2021. He was filled with joie-de-vivre, passion, and love for this work. We always ask ourselves “What would Román do?” We think you should meet him and we hope you always feel his passion in our work.

Photo by Seed Lynn

We turned 1!

We are ecstatic to share our achievements after one year of service.

Over

80%

of clients were BIPOC

over 980+ clients served

over 3,000+ acts of service to those clients

Over

15%

were NON-English speakers

Clients served across Chicagoland, Particularly in the South + Westsides

Southshore • Chatham • West Lawn • Pilsen • North
• Lawndale/Little Village

Gained Popularity through Social media + word-of-mouth

KEEP IT UP!

Over

$600,000+

in emergency financial assistance provided

over 980+ clients served
over 3,000+ acts of service to those clients

We are humbled by all those we’ve connected with and we hope to continue that trajectory.

About the HIV HUB & Partners

The Groove is in the HUB. Find your groove and essential services at the heart of LGBTQ+ and HIV care at the HIV Resource Coordination HUB. The HUB is a collaboration between the AIDS Foundation Chicago and Center on Halsted to provide up-to-date services in LGBTQ+ healthcare for those living with or vulnerable to HIV or those looking for LGBTQ+ related health care. Navigating health and supportive service systems can be complicated and turn into a chore. It doesn’t need to be. The HUB is a one-stop-shop where you can come as you are, be heard, find the support and resources you need. You know what you are looking for and we can help find a way to get you that support.
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