Residents of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood will soon have increased access to expansive health care, including behavioral and sexual health services, under one roof.
Housing Works’ $4 million project will transform office space into a 7,300-square-foot, outpatient health care facility, supported by financing from the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) and Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). The site is expected to enable 15,000 to 20,000 patient visits per year.
Housing Works provides health care, job training, and legal assistance to over 30,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in New York and operates thrift stores and a bookstore café to support its mission.
Housing Works Community Healthcare, a Federally Qualified Health Center, will operate the new facility, its fifth health center site in New York City.
“Housing Works Community Healthcare offers unique, comprehensive health services in a welcoming, judgement-free and empowering setting,” said Matthew Bernardo, Executive Director of Housing Works Community Healthcare. “With our focus on sexual wellness and commitment to cultural competency, the new center will offer HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, access to PrEP and PEP, and community-based Hepatitis C treatment.”
PCDC first worked with Housing Works in 2005, helping finance construction of three primary care centers.
“PCDC is proud to partner with Housing Works once again to support its delivery of high-quality care and services”, said Anne Dyjak, Managing Director of PCDC. “This center is the most recent example of Housing Works’ commitment to treating the whole person with integrated primary care, behavioral health, and supportive services.”
The new health center is slated to open in March 2020.
“We are proud to be longtime partners with Housing Works, a pioneer in the growing integration of health and human services toward better community health outcomes,” said Norah McVeigh, Managing Director of Financing at NFF.