Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

The Floating Hospital Foundation, Inc.

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

June 2012

Grant Amount


Grant Date:

January 1, 2009-June 30, 2010


In 2003, 20% of Long Island City residents lived below the poverty line and 26% qualified for Medicaid; today, a large concentration of Long Island City residents live in two low-income public housing developments: Queensbridge Houses and Ravenswood Houses, with Queensbridge Houses being the largest public housing project in the United States.

Together, these complexes house a total of 11,500 residents. Because this neighborhood has been designated a Medically Underserved Area and a Health Professional Shortage Area by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in 2009 the Floating Hospital (TFH) was awarded a grant from NYHealth to expand primary care services for Long Island City residents, with a focus on understanding the unique needs of the public housing project population.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Added 6,000 square feet of clinic space to its freestanding medical clinic in Long Island City to provide medical, mental health, and dental care to area residents.
  • Hired new clinical and outreach staff to build a patient base of local residents.
  • Established a daily schedule of free van transportation; advertised its services at the housing developments; and made presentations at health fairs, community events, and tenant meetings. Approximately 1,940 public housing residents attended these events.
  • Worked with small businesses in the area to provide preventive services, such as annual and summer physical exams.
  • Expanded its list of Medicaid managed care providers and contracts to meet the needs of community residents, and secured Federal approval to accept Medicare payments.
  • Served 1,495 unique/new patients and had a total of 4,354 patient visits—more than half of the number originally projected.
  • Achieved a financial break-even status by mid-2011.