City Paper is not for tourists
DCist checks in with the struggling clinic’s budget woes. Possibly 25 percent of its staff is slated to be cut. Not unlike a newspaper! This could mean more tragic stats in the way of new HIV infections in a city already struggling with the epidemic.
From the Post:
“We plan a return to aggressive grass-roots outreach in high-risk communities,” executive director Donald Blanchon said. “We want to be on the right street corners with the right information addressing people who are truly at risk.”
Whitman-Walker is remaking itself and hoping to draw more patients while recovering from a budget crisis that forced deep cuts and layoffs in 2005. The clinic ended last year about $300,000 in the red, a fraction of the $950,000 deficit it ran two years ago but not enough progress for Blanchon to call the $22 million operation financially viable.