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California: AIDS Patients Sent Packing as Home Closes

March 18, 2003

The financially troubled nonprofit ARIS on Friday shut down its home for AIDS patients as workers scrambled to find them new places to live. By day's end, the workers thought they had found homes, some temporary, for all of the home's six severely ill patients.

Known as Thornton Way Residence, the unmarked house near Valley Medical Center in San Jose was an assisted-living center serving those in the final stages of AIDS. It provided 24-hour care, medication and meals. ARIS [AIDS Resources, Information and Services of Santa Clara County] and county public health workers had been searching for new homes for the six Thornton way patients since Monday, when ARIS said it probably would close for good soon.

The organization, which for 18 years has offered treatment, support groups, food and housing assistance to people with HIV/AIDS, had been struggling financially for months and is considering bankruptcy. ARIS recently returned $1.1 million in grants to the county health department, which found another AIDS group to take over the social service programs ARIS has provided for 700 AIDS patients. County officials had hoped the new nonprofit agency, Health Connections, would be able to run the Thornton residence, but found that its state license was not transferable.

ARIS board members said the organization fell victim to a depressed economy; although it received county and city grants, private donations declined to the point where the agency was unable to stay afloat. ARIS staffers and volunteers also blamed Executive Director Barbara Galvan, who they say left them -- and the board of directors -- in the dark about the seriousness of ARIS' financial plight until it was too late. Galvan could not be reached for comment Friday. The board was to meet March 17 to decide whether to close the agency.

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Adapted from:
San Jose Mercury News
03.15.03; Barbara Feder Ostrov

This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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