Community Health Center Expansion Program
The Community Health Center Expansion Program will provide real estate expertise, technical assistance, and grant support to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) in New York City looking to expand.
The Community Health Center Expansion Program is part of the City’s Caring Neighborhoods initiative, which aims to increase primary care access for thousands of residents in underserved neighborhoods across New York City. NYCEDC's program will specifically assist federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC look-alikes by offering collaborative planning and financing for the establishment of new health center sites committed to delivering culturally competent primary and preventive care services to anyone, regardless of their ability to pay or their immigration status.
Medical Care for All New Yorkers
In 2014, 1.48 million New Yorkers did not have a regular health care provider or reported not receiving needed medical care in the past year, and approximately 30% of New York City zip codes were considered Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs). New Yorkers living in these areas lack adequate access to preventative care, and as a result, are highly dependent on hospital emergency rooms. Preventable inpatient emergency room admission rates in these areas are almost twice as high as the City average.
FQHCs deliver comprehensive primary and preventative healthcare and enabling services to underserved communities and help reduce unnecessary emergency room visits. As critical safety-net providers, FQHCs assist in ensuring that everyone can get the healthcare they need and deserve.
Program Components and Process (Application Closed)
The program facilitates FQHC expansions by employing:
- Real estate assistance,
- Technical support, and
- Construction financing assistance (TBD).
FQHCs and look-alikes were encouraged to apply for assistance through the program, which offered up to $8 million in pre-development and operating support grants. Awards are being made on a competitive basis.
Proposals were accepted in response to two RFPs:
- Community Health Center Start-Up Support RFP for underway projects that require support to accelerate initial operations and patient care.
- Community Health Center Pre-Development Support RFP for new projects in early planning stages that may require support throughout the entire project lifecycle.
Please note that the response deadlines for both RFPs have passed.
Accomplishments to Date
New Health Care Centers
- Union Community Health Center (Van Nest, Bronx) - Opened February 2016
- Damian Family Care Centers – Third Avenue Family Health Center (Hunts Point/Mott Haven, Bronx) - Opened March 2016
William F. Ryan Community Health Network – Ryan / Frederick Douglass Community Health Center (Harlem, Manhattan) - Opened September 2016
Housing Works Community Healthcare – Keith D. Cylar Community Health Center (East Village, Manhattan) - Opened October 2016
What's to Come
By 2017, an anticipated eight or more new health center sites will open across all five boroughs with the help of NYCEDC’s program. These sites will serve over 75,000 New Yorkers who previously did not have access to care. Please continue to check this page for future updates as new health centers open.
Property Listings for Health Center Tenants
NYCEDC publicly requested information from property owners and landlords interested in leasing or selling space to new primary care health centers. These spaces must be located within the target neighborhoods specified in the Community Health Center Pre-Development Support RFP. The signup form to submit this information has now closed for submissions.
To view the property list, please visit the Property Listings for Health Center Tenants page.
Questions regarding this opportunity were accepted until March 17, 2016.
Important Dates (Archive)
|First Information Session||Tuesday, October 27, 2015, 9:30am - 11:30am, at NYCEDC|
|Application Assistance: Health Center Project Planning & Preparation*||Monday, November 9, 2015, 3:30pm - 5:00pm, at NYCEDC|
|Application Assistance: Health Center Project Planning & Preparation*||Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 9:00am - 10:30am, at NYCEDC|
|Start-Up Support RFP Response Deadline||Monday, November 30, 2015, 4:00pm|
|Second Information Session||Monday, December 7, 2015, 9:30am-11:30am at NYCEDC|
|Pre-Development Support RFP Q&A Submission Deadline||Friday, February 5, 2016, 5:00pm|
|Pre-Development Support RFP Q&A Posted||Friday, February 12, 2016|
|Pre-Development Support RFP Response Deadline||Monday, February 22, 2016, 4:00pm|
*Please note that all Application Assistance Sessions will cover identical material.