California: Neighborhood in El Cajon Won't Get New Hospice
May 22, 2002
Fraternity House, which operates two homes for AIDS patients in North County, Calif., has shelved plans to convert a luxury home east of El Cajon into a hospice. Executive Director Molly Henry said the organization withdrew its offer on the house after county Supervisor Dianne Jacob and Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-El Cajon) announced their opposition. Neighbors who opposed the plan said the hospice was not appropriate for the area -- where home prices start at $500,000 -- and that spending $711,000 to house six patients was not a good use of tax money. Fraternity House officials said their care for AIDS patients is less expensive than nursing home care. The group had asked county officials for $400,000 in government money for the house. A county advisory committee, faced with neighborhood opposition, recommended awarding only $200,000, which it did not tie to a specific location. Henry said she has now been told that money may be in jeopardy because it was not location-specific. The issue is scheduled to go before the Board of Supervisors on June 12.Adapted from:
San Diego Union Tribune
05.15.02; Anne Krueger
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