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Outside In gets sweet cash influx

Two-year grant of more than $800,000 funds care for youth, homeless

Outside In, Portland's 35-year-old medical clinic for low-income adults and homeless youth, will expand its hours and health care services thanks to a two-year grant from the federal Bureau of Primary Health Care worth close to $1 million.

With the new money Ñ $418,460 this year and next Ñ the clinic will be able to offer care to homeless women and families as well as young people, said clinic manager John Duke.

Outside In's expanded services also will include evening hours, 24-hour on-call availability for patients, additional psychiatric services for homeless people, more dental and mental care for homeless patients and outreach medical care for Dignity Village, an independent camp for the homeless in Northeast Portland; Goose Hollow Family Shelter; and other Portland agencies.

'We're looking forward to the expanded capacity we can bring to the community,' Duke said. 'Throughout Oregon, there are increasing numbers of uninsured people, increasing numbers of unemployed people who have no access to health care. These federal dollars bring new energy to a community that was lagging.'

Earlier this year, Outside In moved into a new, four-story building at 1132 S.W. 13th Ave., which allows the clinic to offer more services such as housing, a needle-exchange program and acupuncture. Before, the clinic provided some of its services from a cramped building at Southwest 12th Avenue and Salmon Street.

The new quarters helped the clinic get the grant, Duke said.

The Bureau of Primary Health Care, operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, offers a number of health care programs, including Health Care for the Homeless, which gives grants to local communities to improve medical and mental health care for homeless people.

Outside In has the chance to renew the grant after 2003.

'This is an ongoing partnership with the federal government that provides stable funding from outside Oregon,' Duke said. 'It is not dependent on the Oregon economy.'

Last year, Outside In served 2,858 clients who visited the clinic 7,700 times. Of those clients, 1,000 were homeless. The funding will allow the clinic to serve 2,000 more homeless people.

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