Youth Services Available in Chicago During COVID-19

Resources for LGBTQ youth who might be experiencing homelessness or need assistance

Updated March 27, 2020

This list is a working document. Please contact with any corrections.

The Broadway Youth Center provides a variety of supportive services to young people, ages 12 to 24, including a drop-in space, access to meals, bus cards, food gift cards, and assistance accessing other important resources through its Resource Advocacy program.

Broadway Youth Center- 4009 North Broadway, 773.388.1600

Drop-In and Resource Advocacy Services

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays

Time: 9 a.m. – 11 a.m.

Provides breakfast, lunch, bus cards, food gift cards, basic resource advocacy services

Clinic- All clinic services temporarily moved to Howard Brown Health Sheridan

Days: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays

Time: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Provides: primary care, screening for COVID, HIV/STI screening and treatment, and prescription vouchers. BYC staff will be at Howard Brown Halsted to help navigate. 4025 N Sheridan Road. Therapy will be provided over phone or video conference.

BYC will be closed on Saturdays until further notice

Education (GED) and Vocation Services: on hold

All VOICES Programs: on hold

Legal services offered remotely. Resource Advocates have more information.

Center on Halsted is the Midwest’s most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago’s Lakeview Neighborhood.

Center on Halsted3656 N Halsted St, 773.472.6469

Youth Program Closed. Remote support via phone or email:

State of Illinois AIDS/HIV & STD Hotline: 1.800.AID.AIDS (800)243.2437 TTY 1.800.782.0423 Text 872.243.1004

Resource Coordination Hub: 1-844-482-4040 (1-844-HUB-4040)

Emergency shelter for young people 24 years of age and below:
The Crib – The Night Ministry Youth Shelter – 835 W. Addison St. 773.549.4158 ❖ Will be open 24/7 until further notice

Brave Space Alliance is the first Black-led, trans-led LGBTQ Center located on the South Side of Chicago, dedicated to creating and providing affirming, culturally competent, for-us by-us resources, programming, and services for LGBTQ individuals on the South and West sides of the city. We strive to empower, embolden, and educate each other through mutual aid, knowledge-sharing, and the creation of community-sourced resources as we build toward the liberation of all oppressed peoples. 

Brave Space Alliance – Online Based Work, 773.333.5199
Sign up to receive a food box (Google Doc)
Sign up for additional support (calendly)

Chicago Public Schools is offering free meals to CPS students
Days: Mondays through Fridays
Time: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Greater Chicago Food Bank online tool to find local food resources
Chicago Food Bank – Locate food resources

Service updates for Lakeview Pantry
Coronavirus response (

Lakeview Pantry Hours
(Food Resource – Groceries)- 3945 N. Sheridan
11 a.m. – 4 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday
4 – 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
10:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday
NOTE- individuals won’t have the opportunity to pick their items, instead bags of food will be provided

Financial Assistance:
Illinois State Economic Assistance and Unemployment Benefits program website
Economic Assistance/Unemployment Insurance- Call 1-800-244-5631 or visit IDES website to see if you are eligible, if folks are without access to paid sick leave or unable to work because of COVID-19.

Online form for trans/queer people impacted by COVID-19 to request assistance from community members
COVID-19 Trans/Queer Relief Form (Google Doc) (this is developed and funded by and for community, so might not be a guarantee)

La Casa Norte (

With DFSS support and the graciousness of McCormick YMCA, La Casa Norte have relocated and expanded the capacity for young people experiencing homelessness.
Effective now, 24/7 shelter/drop in for youth is now located at:
McCormick YMCA
1834 N. Lawndale
The capacity for this site is 80 youth. Basic needs, as always, will continue to be met, and case management services are available to help youth obtain stable housing.
La Casa Norte shelters for young people ages 18-24 are now closed. This includes:
1940 N. California
1736 W. 47th St.
La Casa Norte’s shelter for pregnant and parenting youth remains open from 7 p.m. until 9 a.m. This is located at 1942 N. California.
Both Drop-In locations for youth ages 16-25 are closed. This includes:
1736 W. 47th St.
3533 W. North Ave.


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