Family Health Center of Southwest Florida, Inc. (“FHCSWF”) is planning to construct a Federally Qualified Health Center (“FQHC”) to serve the primary healthcare needs of the uninsured and underinsured patient population in the surrounding area of Lehigh Acres, Florida (the “Project”). The 62,000 square foot facility will be built on a 5.5 acre lot in Lehigh Acres and will contain a variety of different practices including family medical, pediatric, dental, women’s health, podiatry, optometry, and medical social services. It is also anticipated that there will be ancillary lab services and a pharmacy included within the Project. FHCSWF is a community health center that provides primary healthcare that is accessible to all people, including those who lack insurance or are underinsured. The organization seeks to target healthcare services and outreach services to the homeless, migrant, and seasonal population at all of the existing locations across Southwest Florida. The Sponsor has indicated that the Project will continue this mission, aiming to serve the same population in Lehigh Acres and in surrounding Lee County, Charlotte County, and Western Hendry County. In order to support the new construction of the Project, the Sponsor team has requested NMTC allocation from CHHS to fill the gap in financing and make the Project financially feasible. The NMTC allocation will increase the accessibility of healthcare in a Medically Underserved census tract, especially for Low-Income Persons (LIPs) and Low-Income Community Residents (LICRs).
- Federally Designated Medically Underserved Area
- 84 x national unemployment rate (NUR)
- 43 FTE jobs created
- 180 construction jobs
The Project is located in a severely distressed and medically underserved census tract within an underserved state for NMTCs as designated by the CDFI Fund. It will provide needed services to the distressed community by allowing increased access to health and wellness care needed to serve the uninsured and underinsured, with a focus on the homeless and migrant/seasonal workers in the area. It is anticipated that the center will provide expanded services to 22,000 LIP and 16,500 LICRs patients while creating 43 permanent jobs and retaining 39 existing permanent jobs—all of which are considered quality jobs. Based on the CDE’s mission of providing subsidized financing to medical facilities which support distressed communities in medically underserved areas this project appears to directly align with the CDE’s mission.