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Treating the Destitute

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Lonnie Whitaker, 49, was in a residential recuperation program at the JWCH Medical Clinic in Los Angeles until he was kicked out for starting a small fire while trying to put out a cigarette. The staff at the center had a different story to tell. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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Dennis Bleakley, 63, practices medicine at the JWCH Medical Clinic in Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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Dennis Bleakley examines Edward Sankey, 55, at the JWCH Medical Clinic in Los Angeles. Sankey lives in a hotel. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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A person smokes crack on the 600 block of San Julian Street in Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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A person openly injects heroin into the neck of a friend on the 600 block of San Julian Street in Los Angeles. It is common to see people using and selling drugs out in the open on this street. (Francine Orr, Los Angeles Times)
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Tony Montgomery, 51, says he has AIDS and is having difficulty breathing. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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People live on the sidewalks on the 600 block of San Julian Street in Los Angeles. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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The 600 block of San Julian Street in Los Angeles is littered with trash. (Francine Orr / LAT)
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