Unity Health Care


Since 1985 (then under the name Health Care for the Homeless), Unity Health Care has been dedicated to serving DC residents in need of a range of critical health care services.  Unity’s vision is to become the preeminent health care delivery system for the medically underserved in Washington, DC and to be recognized by them as the provider of choice.

Unity serves individuals and families in all eight wards of the District of Columbia through its network of medical and social services that reach homeless and residents alike.  Nearly 57,400 residents — working men and women, uninsured, immigrants, and homeless — have benefited from Unity’s services, which include primary care, preventive care, ongoing treatment, and specialty medical services.  Virtually all of Unity’s patients live at or below the federal poverty level.  Regardless of their ability to pay, Unity continues to provide each patient with a primary care provider who offers referrals to specialists when needed.  For those who can pay, a sliding scale based on family size and income is used to determine the appropriate amount.

In July 2010, Unity expanded its network of services by merging with Columbia Road Health Services. By joining Unity, CRHS will belong to a larger federally qualified health center that has the infrastructure and capacity to support the overall administrative needs of this longstanding organization. CRHS will continue to focus on the mission, operations, and dedication to providing direct quality care to all its patients.

Unity Health Care received $12 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  As part of the Recovery Act Fund, Unity — in conjunction with DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC initiative — is renovating its Upper Cardozo Health Center and has broken ground on construction for a new facility for its Anacostia Health Center.

When the Anacostia Health Center is completed in early 2012, the state-of-the-art facility will replace a temporary Quonset hut and will be located at the site of what was once a dilapidated, drug-infested vacant apartment building. DCPCA is funding $14.6 million of this project, while Unity was able to obtain matching ARRA funds to finance $5 million of the project.  View photographs of DCPCA & Unity Health Care Breaking Ground in Ward 8, and read DC Primary Care Association Breaks Ground in Ward 8.

View the latest construction photos from the Galen Street SE site (February 18, 2011).

View the Aerial-Site Concept Diagram of Galen Street SE – 23 April 2009.

View the Concept Diagram View of Galen Street SE from 16th Street.

View the 3-D View Concept Diagram of Galen Street SE.


Vincent Keane, President and CEO
1220 12th Street, SE, Suite 120
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 715-7901
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