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:

  1. Community Health Center Start-Up Support RFP for underway projects that require support to accelerate initial operations and patient care.
  2. 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

What's to Come

By 2017, an anticipated eight or more new health center sites will open 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.

Property Listings for Health Center Tenants Q&A

Important Dates (Archive)

First Information SessionTuesday, 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 DeadlineMonday, November 30, 2015, 4:00pm
Second Information SessionMonday, December 7, 2015, 9:30am-11:30am at NYCEDC
Pre-Development Support RFP Q&A Submission DeadlineFriday, February 5, 2016, 5:00pm
Pre-Development Support RFP Q&A PostedFriday, February 12, 2016
Pre-Development Support RFP Response DeadlineMonday, February 22, 2016, 4:00pm

*Please note that all Application Assistance Sessions will cover identical material.