New Center to Bring Comprehensive Healthcare to Hell’s Kitchen LGBTQ Community

December 12, 2018

Community Development Financing Supports Housing Works’ Latest $4 Million Project

NEW YORK CITY, Dec. 12, 2018 – Residents of Manhattan’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood will soon have access to a range of healthcare, including behavioral and sexual health services, under one roof.

Housing Works’ project will transform office space into an outpatient healthcare center, supported by financing from Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) and the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) in a deal that closed Nov. 26.

Housing Works provides healthcare, 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 will operate the new facility, its fifth Federally Qualified Health Center 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 HEP C treatment.”  

Additional NFF financing to Housing Works also recently closed, including a $2.5-million line of credit for working capital and a $340,000 loan for renovations to the bookstore café and four thrift stores.

“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.

“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. 

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