Rep. Nanette Barragán delivered $7,535,000 in federal funds for local projects in vote to pass omnibus appropriations funding package. This included a portion to fund healthcare for the homeless and underserved in the harbor area community. Tamra King (CEO) center, is presented with a funding check by Rep. Barragan.*
Harbor Community Health Centers (HCHC) announced today that it will receive $1 million to support the building of a new health center on the ground floor of a new affordable housing development in San Pedro, CA.
A New Community Healthcare Site
These funds, administered by the Health Resources and Services Administration, will go toward a new HCHC site, which will be developed on the ground floor of Linc Housing’s new 465 West affordable housing project. This $1 million will launch the construction campaign to build a brand new health center — where low-income, underserved and homeless residents in our community will have access to first-rate care services, in a patient-centered setting, at low or no cost.
“We are absolutely thrilled about this funding opportunity for San Pedro. At HCHC, we want to make sure everyone has access to the health care services they need regardless of their ability to pay. A new health center site will help us do just that. We are grateful to Rep. Barragán for her commitment to the most vulnerable members of our community.”
-- Tamra King, CEO, Harbor Community Health Centers
“We know that communities are more able to thrive when people have access to affordable housing, neighborhood amenities, and healthcare. This new medical clinic will complement our 91 affordable apartments, located above the clinic, which will house low- and middle-income families in San Pedro, bringing health and stability to this vibrant walkable neighborhood,” said Rebecca F. Clark, Linc Housing’s Chief Executive Officer.
A History of Caring
Harbor Free Clinic was established in 1970, with the aim of providing high-quality health care to those who could otherwise not afford it. Since that time, its team of healthcare professionals has delivered a wide variety of care services to underserved adults, children and families in our area. Now known as Harbor Community Health Centers, the organization operates three health centers in the city of San Pedro, California, and provides care to nearly 6,700 patients annually through more than 30,000 patient visits.
HCHC’s project is one of 10 projects, advocated for by Rep. Barragán, that will directly benefit District 44 residents. Taken together, these projects represent $7,535,000 in Community Project Funding for California’s 44th Congressional District. Funds target some of the most pressing needs in San Pedro, Watts, Wilmington, Compton, South Gate, Long Beach, Carson and Lynwood. The funding increases for critical government programs contained in the twelve-bill government funding package will reverse decades of disinvestment in our communities and strengthen our nation.
“Community health centers are a lifeline for our communities in the Los Angeles Harbor Area. They provide quality, comprehensive care to medically underserved people impacted by poverty and systemic racism. I know how important these services are to so many families, because growing up my family received health services at community clinics just like Harbor Community Health Centers. This project was a priority when I submitted the proposal for Congressional Community Project Funding and it’s great to be able to ultimately deliver this funding to make this new health center in my district a reality,” said Rep. Barragán.
HCHC is a non-profit, Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and a leading safety net health care provider in our region. Our mission is to provide quality, comprehensive healthcare and supportive services to those in our community, regardless of their ability to pay. We provide integrated medical, mental health and dental care for medically underserved, uninsured, and economically disadvantaged adults, children and families in Los Angeles Service Planning Area (SPA) 8. All services are offered on a sliding fee scale and all public insurance plans are accepted. No one is turned away for inability to pay. To learn more, visit harborchc.org.
*In Top Photo: Participants in the April 19th event included (L to R) Kristina Ledesma-Davies, HCHC Patient Experience Manager; Oscar Arellano, HCHC Office and Facility Coordinator; Ida Taylow, HCHC Board Member; Nina Dooley, Linc Housing, Vice President of Corporate Development; Yessenia Henriquez, HCHC Chief Financial Officer, Congresswoman Barragan, Deborah Olson, HCHC Board of Directors (Tamra should confirm); Linda Romero, HCHC Care Coordination Manager; Dana Martin, HCHC Board of Directors Vice Chairwoman; Andres Lucero, HCHC Referral Coordinator