Lyon-Martin clinic staying open but still in financial jeopardy 

The 30-year-old Lyon-Martin Health Services will keep its doors open despite financial woes, but the facility is still "on the edge of a cliff," according to the new board president.

The Market Street clinic, which has served thousands of homeless, gay and underprivileged patients, has been on the verge of closing since January, when its board decided the only alternative was to raise significant funds.

But donors have since contributed $353,975, and the clinic’s board, which is in the process of replacing all its members, rescinded its resolution to close Wednesday.

"It has given us an opportunity to raise more money," said new clinic board President Marj Plumb. "We have every confidence that, if we continue to raise money and work with The City, that we can remain open."

The clinic, named after famous gay feminists and civil rights activists, was founded in 1979 and served 2,500 patients last year.

Initially, the board threatened to close right away, then extended the deadline to the end of March if the clinic didn’t raise a total of $700,000. But now Plumb is saying the $353,975 is enough for now, and that the next goal is to raise $500,000 by April.

"Lyon-Martin is still in a very, very precarious position," Plumb said.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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