By Advocate.com Editors
Originally published on Advocate.com March 20 2003 1:00 AM ET
San Jose, Calif.'s AIDS Resources, Information, and Services of Santa Clara County last week shut down its home for AIDS patients in the city, forcing ARIS staff to scramble to find residences for the home's six severely ill patients, The [San Jose] Mercury News reports. Known as Thornton Way Residence, the home provided 24-hour care, medication, and meals to its residents. ARIS closed the facility as part of cost-saving moves as the agency struggles with mounting debt and the possibility of bankruptcy. The agency recently returned $1.1 million in grants to the county health department because it could not provide the programs it had contracted to provide. County health officials had hoped another HIV/AIDS group, Health Connections, would take over the Thornton Way Residence, but the home's license was not transferable.