S.F. Community Clinics Struggle With Funding Cuts
Funding cuts have led to a series of closures, near-closures and mergers at San Francisco community clinics in recent months. For example, New Leaf -- a community clinic that served lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender residents -- closed in October 2010 because of increased rent and health care costs. Meanwhile, Haight Ashbury Free Clinics, which faced cuts in city funding, agreed to merge with Walden House, a residential and outpatient substance misuse and mental health program. At the same time, demand for community health clinic services is rising because of an increasing number of uninsured residents.
- "S.F. Community Health Clinics Forced To Merge, Close" (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 3/20).