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Funding approved for new Family Health Center

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Groundbreaking is scheduled next week on a $16 million facility for Family Health Centers of San Diego, now that financial arrangements have been completed, Civic San Diego announced Tuesday.

Construction on the 34,300-square-foot FHCSD Health, Information Technology and Education Center in Oak Park will commence Dec. 1 and take about a year, said Michael Lengyel of Civic San Diego, which handles development issues for the city.

The building at Euclid Avenue and Federal Boulevard will house a 3,000-square-foot clinic accessible to the community and an information technology center that will serve all Family Health Centers sites. 

The organization, which provides healthcare for low-income residents, stores its health records electronically.

"We have found that our clients have a greater connection and comfort with a health clinic located right in the neighborhood where they live," said

Ricardo Roman, chief financial officer of Family Health Centers. 

"We are excited about also being able to offer the health IT certificate program."

The second floor of the new building will be used to conduct job training programs to improve the job readiness of residents in the communities FHCSD serves.  

FHCSD plans to offer a health IT certification course to 25 individuals annually, which is expected to lead to employment for up to 15 people annually with the organization or other healthcare providers.

"This new clinic will improve access to quality, low-cost health care for the residents of Oak Park and the surrounding communities," said Councilwoman Myrtle Cole. 

"The new training facility will also help create much needed living wage jobs in a growing industry."

Lengyel said the project is being financed by a federal New Markets Tax Credit, which Civic San Diego is using for just the second time. The first was for the Copley Price YMCA that is expected to open Jan. 3 in City Heights.

The credit, created in 2000, helps defray financing costs for development projects in low-income areas. Civic San Diego's use of the credit will offset about $5 million of the project costs incurred by Family Health Centers, Lengyel said.

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