$6.2 million TOTAL PROJECT
$6.1 million FCLF FEDERAL NMTC ALLOCATION
$2.2 million FCLF Community Development Financing
Construction of 12,000 sq-ft new facility providing healthcare services
Estimated reach 6,000 patients annually
103 Temporary and 8 Permanent Jobs estimated
"We strive to ensure access to quality health care services for all community members regardless of their financial situation. Our partnership with FCLF is allowing us to build a facility that is attractive, welcoming, and state of the art – that our patients, staff, and community will be proud of." – Bakari Burns, President & CEO, Orange Blossom Family Health
Lack of access to primary healthcare is a major barrier faced by homeless and uninsured patients. Chronic illnesses often go untreated, and health care costs escalate, as these individuals persistently rely on emergency room services for basic healthcare.
To address these challenges, Orange Blossom Family Health was founded in 1993 as Health Care Center for the Homeless, Inc. to provide healthcare to homeless and uninsured residents in Orlando. Since that time, OBFH has grown to 8 locations across Central Florida, serving over 20,000 unduplicated patients in 2017 with medical, dental, vision, prescription, and behavioral healthcare. Of these patients, 75% live below poverty level, and 70% are uninsured.
Using New Markets Tax Credits financing, OBFH built a new 12,000 square foot facility in Orlando that will annually reach an estimated additional 6,000 homeless and low-income individuals in a medically underserved area. The Ivey Lane clinic serves as a comprehensive healthcare home to the low-income community and includes 15 medical exam rooms, 8 dental operatories, 4 behavioral health offices, pharmacy, vision exam room, x-ray lab, urgent care room, laboratory, and administrative offices. No other medical providers in this zip code currently offer sliding fees for service or care regardless of ability to pay.
Florida Community Loan Fund (FCLF) provided $6.1 million in federal NMTCs for Orange Blossom Family Health at Ivey Lane. The investor is Northern Trust. Additionally, FCLF provided $2.2 million financing through its community development loan program. This transaction was finalized in June 2018.
OBFH currently partners with Florida Hospital and Orlando Health to direct emergency room patients to OBFH for follow-up and ongoing primary healthcare. The Ivey Lane clinic is also part of the City of Orlando and Orange County CDBG Comprehensive Plans.
“There’s one reason and one reason alone that FCLF is committed to assisting Federally Qualified Heath Care projects like Orange Blossom Family Health – and that is, that no other projects impact the lives of more people in Florida than the FQHC sites do in providing uninsured and under-insured with an array of healthcare services… not just a doctor, but services like dental, behavioral health, pharmacy and a host of others.” – Nelson Black, FCLF Chief Lending Officer
- Orlando / Orange County CDBG Comprehensive Plans
- Income 59% of AMI
- 19% Unemployment Rate - 2.4x National Average
- 27% Poverty Rate
- Medically Underserved Area / Population, USDA Food Desert, SBA HUB Zone
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Pictured above, rendering of the Orange Blossom Family Health Ivey Lane facility upon completion.
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