This NMTC project consists of constructing a new multipurpose facility to include a Federal Qualified Health Center (“FQHC”) Look-Alike health clinic with a senior center, adult day care, and intergenerational child care facility in an underserved state. As one of the largest providers of social, nutritional and health services to the economically disadvantaged in Miami, LHANC has encountered serious overcrowding in recent years. The project involves the construction of a new facility for LHANC that will replace an outdated and allow it to substantially increase the individuals served by LHANC. The new facility will be 50,000 square feet including 20,000 square feet of clinic space, 15,000 square feet of childcare space, 12,000 square feet for adult day care and 3,000 square feet of administrative space.
LHANC has already secured the land to build the facility with the help of a $1.2 million Community Development Block Grant funding and has invested $300,000 of its existing funds to complete infrastructure work around the site. In addition, Miami-Dade County has supported the project by providing a $3 million commitment from funds raised through its Building Better Communities General Obligation Bond Program. These funds will be released upon the closing of this financing transaction.
The 50,000 square foot, $15 million, three-story multipurpose facility will be comprised of the following uses:
- A 15,000 square foot intergenerational child care center that will serve an estimated 400 children from low income families who live in the Little Havana area. Staff will be recruited from the Little Havana area.
- A 12,000 square foot adult day care center to serve approximately 78 frail, low and moderate income seniors who live in the Little Havana area and require supervision as a result of a disabling condition.
- A 20,000 square foot health care clinic that is expected to increase LHANC health care services from 11,000 per year to 15,000 a year of which 91% are low-income (an increase of 3,640 in low-income services per annum).
- Poverty Rate: 39.1%
- Median Family Income: 34.2%
- Medically Underserved Area
- 30 created jobs
- 175 construction jobs
- 30 quality jobs
- 22 jobs accessible to LIPs
- 15,000 healthcare services to LICs
- 13,650 healthcare services to LIPs
- Childcare services to 400 LIPs
- Adult care services to 78 LIPs
- Total meals served to 3,550 LIPs
- New meals served to 1,750 LIPs
LHANC has served the needs of elderly and low-income residents of the Little Havana area for over 40 years. As a FQHC Look-Alike facility it supports the delivery of comprehensive, culturally competent, quality primary health care services to low-income, underserved, and special populations. The facility is located in a census tract that is severely distressed (poverty rate of 39.1% and median family income of 34%) and a medically underserved area. LHANC provides services to 11,000 unduplicated residents annually, 98% of whom live below the poverty line. The new facility will allow LHANC to decrease overcrowding and thereby serve more residents and supply them with additional support and health services.
The support for the project is evident by the receipt of Community Block Grant Funds from the City of Miami Beach. In addition the project is in direct alignment with the City of Miami Consolidated Plan created by the City of Miami’s Community Development Department. The Plan focuses on improving housing development needs of Miami’s low and moderate income individuals. The plan identifies that 71 percent of persons with disabilities are Hispanic and 46.7 percent of the disabled population is elderly. The plan further states that the highest concentration of disabled individuals is in the Little Havana area identifying a specific need of health care and social services for this community. This project is in direct alignment with this specific goal along with being in direct alignment with an overall component of the plan which is providing vital services, such as healthcare to the low and moderate income communities in Miami.