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House calls for the homeless: SF shelter comes with medical care
San Francisco Chronicle

Timothy Blevins couldn’t remember the last time he’d seen a doctor. Three years of living hand-to-mouth in a tent, hobbling with a walker and scrabbling each day for food or just another place to set down his bags made the idea of going to appointments a cruel joke. Then he and his partner, Melinda Welsh, moved into Pier 80, the cavernous homeless shelter that opened a month ago on the southeast side of San Francisco. They were in the first wave through the doors, trucked there by street counselors from the overgrown tent cities on Division Street.