Previously, the tribal health organization primarily served the Alaska Native community in Juneau.
The Glory Hall, Juneau’s downtown homeless shelter and soup kitchen, has plans to move to a new location near the city’s airport. That’s if supporters can raise the money it needs for a down payment.
Nurse practitioner Cynthia Mattoni provides general primary care. She does annual check-ups, kids’ physicals and well-woman exams.
He says the clinic is going through a challenging transition.
“We want people that don’t have insurance to have a place to go,” says Front Street manager Janna Brewster.
Instead of just serving individuals experiencing homelessness, Front Street Clinic will soon be open to everyone.
“All of these agencies realized that if Front Street Clinic disappeared, this huge gap would appear that nobody could fill,” says Mariya Lovishchuk, executive director of The Glory Hole, Juneau’s soup kitchen and shelter.
The clinic for Juneau’s homeless and low-income residents will stay open at least through April 30 thanks to the fundraising efforts of local community members and organizations.
The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium plans to close Front Street Clinic on October 1, according to SEARHC COO Dan Neumeister.
SEARHC COO Neumeister anticipates a final decision on Front Street Clinic when the board meeting ends today.