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Seeing Spike In Demand For Youth Services During Pandemic, Howard Brown Expands Into Uptown Storefront

The LGBTQ-focused health organization is adding office space at Broadway and Sunnyside to accommodate its growing health care work.

Howard Brown is moving into the first floor of 1025 W. Sunnyside Ave.
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UPTOWN — Howard Brown Health is expanding its footprint in Uptown by adding office space at Sunnyside Avenue and Broadway.

The LGBTQ-affirming health provider is building out the storefront at 1025 W. Sunnyside Ave. to increase its administrative office space, said Erik Roldan, Howard Brown’s director of marketing and communications.

Howard Brown already has its administrative headquarters on the second and third floors of the Broadway building, but more space is needed to help the organization accommodate its growing health care work.

“We’ve had tremendous growth in the last five years,” Roldan said. “We’re still trying to catch up with that growth.”

Howard Brown has 12 local health clinics and provides coronavirus testing. It also is embarking on a dramatic expansion, particularly on the North Side.

Howard Brown recently received initial city approval to build a five-story health center at 3501 N. Halsted St., the site of the closed Little Jim’s bar. The facility will help double the capacity of Howard Brown’s existing Lakeview East health clinic.

Howard Brown’s Broadway Youth Center currently resides at 4009 N. Broadway. But the organization is in the process of building a 20,000-square-foot facility at 1023 W. Irving Park Road.

The pandemic has driven increased demand for Howard Brown’s youth services. A tent erected at the Sunnyside office will serve as extra space for the existing youth center while the facility is still being built, Roldan said.

The offices on Sunnyside and the youth center on Irving Park are on track to be completed by the summer, Roldan said.

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