Bay Area

Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic Celebrates 45 Years

Robyn Beck/AFP

A historical note: June 7 marks 45 years since the nation's first free medical clinic opened in San Francisco: an enduring legacy of the Summer of Love.
The Haight-Ashbury Free Clinic opened its doors on June 7, 1967, caring for the waves of young people who had come to town. A few years later, Walden House opened nearby, giving drug treatment to homeless youth.

Last year, the two agencies officially merged.  Today the Haight Ashbury Free Clinics and Walden House treat thousands of people in the Bay Area, the Central Valley and Los Angeles.

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