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Care Alliance Builds New Health Care Facility in the Heart of Central Neighborhood
Since 1985 Care Alliance Health Center (Care Alliance) has strived to address the healthcare disparities among individuals and families living in Cleveland. They are continuing their mission to bring affordable, high quality healthcare with the opening of their new two-story, 30,000 square foot $10 million healthcare facility within the Central Neighborhood, 2916 Central Avenue & East 30th, which provides – for the first time in its facilities – pediatric and women’s health services under one roof.
“Now that we’re going into a community that is predominately women and children, we will increase those services,” said Care Alliance CEO Francis Afram-Gyening. Care Alliance has positioned its new facilities in an area that needs it the most; the Central neighborhood in Cleveland has the highest concentration of public housing in Northeast Ohio.
"The nonprofit Care Alliance is a Federally Qualified Health Center, offering services to patients on a sliding fee scale based on income, the emphasis of its care has been focused primarily on adults. Nearly 60 percent of people who accessed care in 2013 were homeless, with 68 percent of them uninsured.”[i]
The project was a massive undertaking that brought together various partners from the private, nonprofit and government sectors. Together, more than 12,000 individuals and families will have access to a wide array of services which include dental, medical and behavioral health. As an anchor instruction within the neighborhood the facility will also serve to leverage other redevelopment plans including Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority’s (CMHA) Choice Neighborhood Initiative and education based Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood Initiative.
Director Tracey Nichols of the Department of Economic Development states,"This Clinic is part of our "Place-Based" Economic Development Startegy which focuses on the "triple bottom line" of economic, social and environmental returns on investment as driven by the local community. This neighborhood focus is an important part of economic development for the City of Cleveland."
To assist with the new construction of this facility and help reduce the amount of vacant or underutilized land within the City of Cleveland, the City offered a Vacant Property Initiative Loan in the amount of $180,000. Care Alliance also received a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services totaling $5 million dollars which support’s CMHA’s overall goal of providing families with access to quality services in Choice Neighborhoods. With this concerted effort, Care Alliance was able to bring more than 25 new, permanent health related jobs to the City of Cleveland.
Official opening of the Center was April 1, 2015.
For more information regarding this project or to find out more about the Vacant Property Initiative, please contact Michael Elliott, 216.664.4470.