By Georgia Garvey @gcgarvey
9:43 AM CST, December 5, 2012
The Broadway Youth Center will move from its current spot at 3179 N. Broadway St. to new temporary locations starting Dec. 17, according to the Howard Brown Health Center, which runs the program.
Lara Brooks, the Broadway Youth Center director, said in a statment to the media that the current space "is no longer suitable."
The Broadway Youth Center, which has been open for 8 years, gives social services to people 12 to 24 years old, including to homeless youth. According to Howard Brown, the Broadway Youth Center serves about 4,000 young people a year.
Some Broadway Youth Center programs will be provided at Howard Brown's Lakeview office, 3837 N. Broadway St., and others will be at the Broadway United Methodist Church, 3338 N. Broadway St.
Services will end at the current location on Dec. 12 and will pick up at the new spots Dec. 17, according to a news release.
"There are many space needs and requirements to consider for our next permanent location," Brooks said in the release. "Our collaboration with [the Broadway United Methodist Church] will allow us to meet the existing need with as little disruption as possible to youth."
The health services clinic, STD/STI testing and drop-in programs will be offered through the church. Other programs including counseling, as well as educational and vocational training, will be at Howard Brown's Lakeview office. LGBTQ youth groups will operate out of both facilities. Check Howard Brown's Broadway Youth Center web site for more information on services.
According to Alonzo Brown, communications director for Howard Brown, the Broadway Youth Center will be in its temporary location until April of 2013. He said they expect to be a in a new, permanent location by May 1 of that year. Brown said no permanent location has been chosen yet.
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