April 8, 2020 at 10:21 am PDT | by Staff reports
L.A.’s essential LGBT services during COVID-19 crisis

The 405 at 4 PM on Friday April 3 as seen near Getty City overlook. (Photo by Troy Masters)

In light of the COVID-19 crisis, critical services for the LGBTQ community in Los Angeles County and other areas of Southern California have had to adjust to meet the diversified needs. Of particular concern are the needs of those who are home-bound even in the best of times such as elderly, the disabled, or those with serious medical issues. Here are just a few of the agencies you can rely on and who are continuing to offer services at full clip.  

(Photo courtesy of Los Angeles LGBT Center)

The Los Angeles LGBT Center, which is a focal resource point for the greater community, has remained open but within the restrictions and guidelines of both local and state officials.

Crucial HIV and STD care is provided by the various locations of the Los Angeles LGBT Center, and the testing and treatment facilities have remained opened with some restrictions these last few weeks.

Center facilities like the primary location on Schrader in Hollywood and the Center WeHo are still open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, but they are adhering to state and county guidelines with social distancing. They are also screening every person who enters their buildings for Coronavirus symptoms, and they have encouraged anyone who feels unwell to stay home and speak to healthcare professionals before entering one of their sites.

Lunch and critical need services are currently all that is being provided with the LGBT Center’s youth and senior programs, while their housing units have remained open. Any staff members who can are now working from home, and some other parts of the Center’s workforce have taken on new duties, including delivering meals to seniors in the community. Mental health services, meanwhile, have gone to virtual sessions.

The Center has also established a phone check-in service called the Hello Club, which is striving to check on any community member who might feel isolated.

They have also started a CARE fund to help provide for those in need. Anyone who is looking to donate can go to lalgbtcenter.org/care. Their main website at lalgbtcenter.org provides several other ways, too, for people to donate their time and money to support LGBTQ causes that can help during the crisis
Other essential service providers to the LGBTQ community are also retooling their support services due to the ongoing crisis.

The Trevor Project says its crisis contact volume has been significantly higher than in recent months and has spiked at nearly twice normal volume. In preparation for COVID-19, The Trevor Project underwent a rapid, massive tech transformation to move its physical Lifeline call centers in NYC and LA to completely remote operations to ensure crisis services remained 24/7 and uninterrupted.

There are many reports of LGBTQ young people being forced to return to or remain in unsupportive or abusive environments. The Trevor Project’s TrevorLifeline 24/7 can be reached at 1-866-488-7386, via chat at TheTrevorProject.org/Help, or by texting 678-678.

Project Angel Food

922 Vine Street
Los Angeles CA 90038

Project Angel Food serves men, women, and children throughout all of Los Angeles County who are debilitated by serious illnesses and cannot shop or cook for the food they need to survive and heal. They are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, congestive heart failure, COPD, diabetes, end-stage renal disease, HIV/AIDS, stroke-cardiovascular accident and/or other serious diseases. Many are struggling with two or more illnesses. At a time of exceptional need, Project Angel Food is in critical need of donations and volunteers.

611 S. Kingsley Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90005
Primary hours: 213-201-1600
After hours: 213-201-1600

During the COVID-19 outbreak, APLA Health will continue to provide critical services including medical care, mental health, and emergency dental services. Our HIV support programs will remain open, including our Vance North Necessities of Life Program’s food pantry, emergency housing support and transportation assistance. PrEP and PEP services will also remain available at all our locations. For the most up-to-date information, visit aplahealth.org/coronavirus

AIDS Healthcare Foundation
6255 Sunset Blvd., 21st Fl.
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Los Angeles-based AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization that provides cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to over 1.4 million people in 45 countries. AHF is currently the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S. and throughout Los Angeles provides comprehensive healthcare to people living with HIV through the first comprehensive Medicare plan in the nation specifically for people living with HIV. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, AHF has adjusted some of its key services in the following manner to better serve and protect the health and wellbeing of our patients, clients and staff: AHF Pharmacy – AHF operates 56 individual AHF Pharmacy sites in 14 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico. https://www.ahfpharmacy.org/. AHF Pharmacy sites may also fill a potential third month prescription for antiretroviral medications without a new order from a doctor or provider. AHF Healthcare Centers: AHF operates 68 AHF Healthcare Centers in 14 states, D.C. and Puerto Rico.   https://hivcare.org/ These sites are open on a more limited basis. Newly diagnosed HIV-positive individuals referred by linkage programs will be seen in the health care centers.

Telecare is also offered. HIV & STD Testing: AHF operates 24 AHF Wellness Centers in 9 states and D.C. as well as 15 Mobile Testing Units (MTUs) in 9 states. Visit freehivtest.net.  The Mobile Testing Units have suspended operations during this time. Some AHF Wellness Centers have temporarily suspended operations; others are operating with reduced hours to care for individuals needing immediate treatment. In Los Angeles, AHF’s ‘Wellness on Western’ Wellness Center is open with regular service. AHF Out of the Closet thrift stores. https://outofthecloset.org/ (20 locations in 7 states) are temporarily closed for retail sales.

TransLatin@ Coalition
3055 Wilshire Blvd., Ste 350
Los Angeles, CA 90010

TransLatin@ Coalition is an organization formed by Trans Latin@ leaders to organize and advocate for the needs of Trans Latin@s immigrants who reside in the U.S. The organization functions not only to advocate for trans inclusive policies and immigration rights in the public sphere, it also offers the shelter and support of the community and is especially relevant now. Many immigrant trans people are unable to access the benefits others are now receiving during the pandemic and through connection with their community, TransLatin@ Coalition offers the support of like-impacted family, often food and connectedness to shelter and medical care.

The State of California’s comprehensive COVID-19 website of resources is COVID19.CA.GOV. The City of Los Angeles is also offering resources at lacity.org.

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