Expanding Access to Care

Having caregivers you know closer to home makes for better health and better health care. Many District residents live with no health care close by. Others live near health centers that are working well beyond capacity. The Medical Homes DC initiative has worked with the DC Department of Health (DOH) and others to end the significant shortage of primary care facilities in the District’s most underserved communities. Medical Homes DC has completed nine capital projects since 2004, when DOH granted the first allocation of capital funds to DCPCA. Two more projects are currently in construction, and one more is in the pipeline. In total, to fund these projects, DOH has granted DCPCA $70 million, which has been leveraged to raise another $23 million in grants and private financing. These projects are expanding capacity and access to care through renovation, expansion, and new facility construction.

View DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC Capital Projects Summary, which includes background information on all 12 projects.


Bread for the City (Ward 2)

Bread for the City completed an 11,000 square foot expansion in December 2010. The health center upgraded its medical clinic by building more exam rooms, a larger dispensary, a new laboratory, and a dental suite. The new facility allows them to triple their capacity to provide health care to the community. DCPCA granted Bread for the City more than $5 million – close to 75 percent of project costs – for the expansion of its Northwest Center. This grant came with significant technical assistance from DCPCA’s advisors in finance and real estate development. Bread for the City leveraged DCPCA’s grant with a New Markets Tax Credit, as well as grants from private individuals and foundations, to secure full funding for its project – with no debt.

View photographs of Bread for the City’s Northwest Center Expansion, photographs of the Northwest Center Grand Opening, and Bread for the City’s Grand Opening and Ribbon-Cutting.

Mary’s Center (Ward 4)

In March 2011, Mary’s Center completed a 28,000 square foot new site in Ward 4, near the Georgia Ave-Petworth Metro station. The new site allows the health center to increase efficiency with their current services, add capacity with both medical and social services – specifically in prenatal care and women’s health services, and expand family literacy and youth development services. DCPCA granted a total of $11.625 million to Mary’s Center, representing 75 percent of project costs. With technical assistance from DCPCA and its advisors, Mary’s Center was able to use the DCPCA grant to leverage a New Markets Tax Credit, allowing the health center to raise 100 percent of project costs with no debt.

View photographs of Mary’s Center’s Steel Beam-Signing, the Grand Opening of Mary’s Center in Ward 4 – May 18, 2011, and Grand Opening New Center.

Unity Health Care – Anacostia (Ward Eight)

On Unity Health Care’s behalf, DCPCA purchased property in Anacostia in 2008 and broke ground on construction of a new facility in 2011. Upon its completion in April 2012, the state-of-the-art facility, located at the site of what was once a dilapidated, drug-infested vacant apartment building, became the new medical home for patients that had to formerly seek care in a temporary Quonset hut. DCPCA funded $14.6 million of this project, while Unity was able to obtain matching funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 to finance $5 million of the project.

View photographs of the Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Unity Health Care – Parkside (Ward 7)

On Unity Health Care’s behalf, DCPCA purchased property in Ward 7 in 2011, and began construction of a new health center facility in April of 2012. The new health center will be a three-story, 42,000 square foot building at the intersection of Hayes Street NW and Kenilworth Terrace. The facility will eventually replace the Hunt Place Health Center, which is a much smaller building (13,500 square feet) and in poor condition. Examples of services to be provided include primary care adult medicine, walk-in care, obstetrics and gynecology, pediatrics, infectious disease (i.e., HIV/AIDS services), ophthalmology and optometry, behavioral medicine, social services, podiatry, dental, lab, and WIC. DCPCA will invest $15.5 million in the $25.5 million project. DCPCA’s funding was leveraged to obtain New Markets Tax Credit financing, which has allowed Unity to maximize equity in the project and reduce borrowing as much as possible.

View photos of Construction Progress, the Groundbreaking Celebration, and DCPCA’s Parkside Community Day – June 23, 2012.

Unity Health Care – Brentwood (Ward 5)

DCPCA and Unity Health Care have been working in partnership with the Israel Baptist Church to develop a state-of-the-art health center facility for the Brentwood neighborhood in Ward 5.  Unity will lease 20,000 square feet from the church to develop a primary care health center that takes on the appearance of a traditional health care suite typically located in downtown medical office buildings.  Once built, the new site will offer primary and specialty services such as adult medicine, pediatrics, geriatric, obstetrics/gynecology, ophthalmology and optometry, podiatry, dental, a lab, and case management support services.   The project will break ground in January 2014 and be completed in 2015.

View an architectural rendering of Unity Health Care – Brentwood Health Center

More Information

View a map of DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC Capital Projects.

Read the one-pager about our Medical Homes DC Capital Projects.

For more information, contact Robin Halsband, DCPCA Director of Capital Projects, at (202) 638-0252, extension 204.

Everyone cared for — at the right time and in the right place — is the second step on the road to health equity.

DCPCA’s Medical Homes DC program is made possible,
in part, by generous support from the DC Department of Health.

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