Public health center in Juneau slated to close

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A public health center in Juneau that treats the homeless and low-income residents plans to close.

KTOO reports (http://bit.ly/16LxWQr ) the Front Street Clinic, run by the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, is set to close Oct. 1, amid budget concerns.

The consortium's chief operating officer, Dan Neumeister, says the clinic costs about $600,000 a year to operate. More than $400,000 of that comes from the consortium while $160,000 is from a federal grant. He says the consortium makes the money it provides through billings at its facilities.

He plans to hold a meeting in Juneau Tuesday to facilitate discussions on how the clinic might be able stay open. The city and borough of Juneau and Juneau Coalition on Housing and Homelessness plan to have representatives there.

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Information from: KTOO-FM, http://www.ktoo.org

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