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Velazquez Announces Grant Funding for Local Healthcare Programs through the American Rescue Plan

Velázquez Announces Grant Funding for Local Healthcare Programs through the American Rescue Plan
April 9, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the allocation of federal grant funding towards a series of healthcare organizations within New York’s seventh district providing comprehensive care to working families. This funding comes as a result of the passage of the American Rescue Plan.
“These health centers prove time and time again to be an integral part of our community,” said Velázquez. “They offer mental health, pharmacy, and oral health services in locales where economic, geographic, and cultural barriers all reduce working families’ access. As the pandemic placed an unprecedented strain on our healthcare system nationwide, Congress passed the American Rescue Plan to deliver critical funding to state and local governments, bolstering health services and access to supplies. I am pleased to announce several community health organizations and health centers in New York’s 7th district will directly benefit from this bill’s funding. These centers are the first line of defense in defeating the coronavirus, and we must ensure they are properly funded.”

  • For over forty years, Sunset Park Health Council has served the neighborhood of its namesake with comprehensive primary and dental care. The Health Council will receive $8,165,723 in funding.
  • Betances Health Center has played a pivotal role in serving immigrant and homeless populations in the Lower East Side since 1970. Following recent expansions into Bushwick, the Health Center has achieved success in its initiative to provide medical services to the local populations. Betances will be receiving $1,805,926 in funds.
  • The Opportunity Development Association, or ODA Primary Care Health Center has an expansive network of five locations in Williamsburg for primary, specialty, behavioral health care, and dental services. The ODA targets New York’s immigrant community and prides itself on offering culturally sensitive and accessible care. HHS has awarded ODA $3,354,258 in funds towards their Health Center Cluster project.
  • New York City Health & Hospitals operates the largest municipal healthcare system in the United States, managing the public care clinics and hospitals in the city. NYC Health and Hospitals actively serves working families within New York’s seventh district, with resources provided in multiple languages. The network also serves the city’s uninsured. Under the American Rescue Plan’s funding, New York City Health and Hospitals will receive $24,469,750 in funds.