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Tenderloin Health Clinic leaves open door

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The Tenderloin Health Clinic is closing Friday, but AIDS patients who have relied on the clinic for healthcare will be able to seek help at the clinic’s Golden Gate Avenue storefront.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center will take over healthcare and case management for people with AIDS and HIV beginning Monday. The 150 regular clients will continue to work with the same doctors, nurses and case workers at 187 Golden Gate Ave.

Tenderloin Health, which provides medical and dental care, counseling, HIV prevention and housing assistance to some 3,000 poor San Franciscans each year, said in January it was closing due to funding shortfalls.

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For several weeks after the closure was announced, the Department of Public Health, which funded many of the clinic’s services, scrambled to find other community-based organizations to take over. In March, the department announced agreements with a number of agencies.

In addition to the Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center assuming healthcare services, Lutheran Social Services will be charge of housing assistance for people with HIV or AIDS. HIV prevention efforts will be taken over by an array of city-funded programs, including the San Francisco AIDS Foundation.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

Asian & Pacific Islander Wellness Center
730 Polk Street, S.F.
(415)292-3400

Lutheran Social Services
290 8th Street, S.F.
(415)581-0891



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