Special Projects Fund

Project Title

Expanding Primary Care Access for Public Housing Residents

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Special Projects Fund

Date Awarded

December 17, 2010








The Queensbridge and Ravenswood housing complexes in Long Island City house 11,000 low-income residents, including a substantial number of elderly residents who live on fixed incomes.

These two housing complexes and the community are home to diverse, special needs populations who suffer from high incidences of chronic disease and are at great risk for experiencing health disparities. To provide primary care to residents, The Floating Hospital (TFH) and Wyckoff Hospital have taken over a 1,600 square-foot satellite clinic located onsite at Queensbridge Houses. Following approval from the New York State Department of Health, NYHealth awarded TFH a grant to assume operations at the satellite clinic.

Under this grant, TFH supported initial staffing costs to hire a clinical and outreach team to staff the satellite clinic; the clinic operates five days per week with full-time staff members. Upon establishing a patient base for the clinic, staff members were fully financed by reimbursement revenues. Grant funds were also used to renovate and expand the facility to include a waiting room, four exam rooms, and an office for mental health services.