Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 12 / 22 March 2018

HealthRight 360 to prep Mission Street space for health care services

1563 Mission Street (Photo:

1563 Mission Street in an undated photo. (Photo:

A San Francisco-based nonprofit that offers health care services to low-income LGBTs and others has acquired a 5-story building near the Mission district and is working to raise $12 million in order to expand its reach, the group announced this week.

HealthRight 360 plans to turn the dilapidated 1563 Mission Street space near South Van Ness Avenue into a new healthcare center providing primary medical care and dental work, along with HIV testing, mental health, substance abuse, employment, education, housing, and other services.

With the acquisition, “We’re taking the services we offer currently in a patchwork of rental locations and relocating them in one space” and growing the number of clients, Robert Joyce, a HealthRight 360 spokesman, said.

Joyce said construction would begin in the spring of 2015 when, “if all goes as planned, we plan to begin a wide-ranging rehabilitation of the building to suit our needs.”

The fundraising campaign started in September 2013. So far, more than $3.2 million has been raised through foundation grants and lead gifts. Over the next two years, the organization plans to raise about $9 million more through private individuals, corporations, and foundations. Joyce said the city wouldn’t be providing funding for the campaign.

“[D]uring the last several months, while the sale of the building was being negotiated, HealthRight 360 was contractually prohibited from discussing the location publicly,” the agency said in a news release Thursday, September 4.

In a listing that was last updated more than a year ago, says the building was constructed in 1903 and includes more than 40,000 square feet of space.

“The subject property (1563-1565 Mission Street) is a rare opportunity for a developer to buy a prime building in an area that the local San Franciscan government encourages residential development,” the listing says.

The ad, which also points out the proximity to City Hall and several Muni public transit lines, continues, “The Van Ness corridor is undergoing a massive redevelopment. Many of the old industrial buildings are being converted to retail and residential which will create a thriving community.”

In recent years, the spot has housed textile industry and a Chinese restaurant.

“We’ve done extensive due diligence as far as engaging engineers” to examine “the structural integrity of the building” and what needs to be done “floor by floor” to get it into shape, Joyce said.

HealthRight 360 was formed in 2011 by the merger of Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House. Earlier this year, Lyon-Martin Health Services, which provides health care services to women and transgender people regardless of their ability to pay, also merged with the organization.

“We serve people living below the poverty line,” Joyce said. “… A large proportion of our population is homeless.”

The nonprofit will continue helping people in other neighborhoods, including the Haight and the Tenderloin.

“There’s demand in each neighborhood for high quality care,” Joyce said.

In its news release, the agency referred to the fact that Twitter and other tech companies moving to the neighborhood near its new Mission Street spot in recent years, along with high-rent condominiums, has raised concerns about “how that development impacts local nonprofits and their service to the community.”

HealthRight 360 is working with the city’s health department and others to develop an outreach plan for area residents and others “who wish to learn more about the project and to provide their recommendations,” the nonprofit said.

HealthRight 360 CEO Vitka Eisen stated, “This location is accessible to the communities we serve in the heart of San Francisco, and we look forward to creating a modern resource for the present and future needs of our clients and community.”

The Mission Street project was considered during the San Francisco Health Commission’s Tuesday, September 2 meeting. The group said commissioners voted unanimously to support a finding related to the city’s Health Care Services Master Plan, which was adopted last year. The plan identifies needs and locations of health care services and includes recommendations on accessibility and service distribution.


— Seth Hemmelgarn, September 5, 2014 @ 3:37 pm PST
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