Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic closes

The 30-year-old Lyon-Martin Health Services clinic that has served thousands of homeless, queer and underprivileged patients has announced it cannot meet its financial needs and will close.

The staff and board are working out how to properly transfer care to other appropriate providers. 

Lyon-Martin, named after infamous gay feminists and civil rights activists, was founded in 1979 and served 2,500 patients last year.

Its neighbor, the LGBT center, which is also financially troubled, has asked for concessionaires to make offers on renting its upstairs space.

“It’s a significant concern for the clients who will be impacted,” said the LGBT Center’s Executive Director Rebecca Rolfe.

Clinic staff announced that it would need to raise at least $250,000 to even consider keeping it open and has organized a fundraising event Sunday from 7 to 10p.m. at El Rio in the Mission.

“Lyon-Martin’s board and management team worked tirelessly to keep the clinic operating.” said Peter Balon, the clinic’s board treasurer in a statement. “Unfortunately, the cuts were not enough to reduce the clinic’s sizeable financial difficulties and we simply cannot afford to keep the clinic open. We are devastated to have to make this decision.” 

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