Durbin Announces Over $21 Million for Community Health Centers in Illinois

[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – Assistant Senate Majority Leader Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced that four community health centers in Illinois will receive $21,847,551 in grant funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The Facility Investment Program grants, allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), are one-time grants to help support major construction and renovation projects at 85 community health centers across the country and assist networks at the centers to move to electronic records.


“Health centers provide a valuable service to communities by administering health care to low-income families, many without health insurance,” said Durbin. “Last year alone, over 1.1 million people in Illinois were treated at community health centers. Today’s funding will support this critically important work and lead to economic growth in many underserved communities as health centers also serve as a key source of local employment and economic activity.”


The FIP grants are part of $600 million in nationwide funding that was released today by HHS for 85 community health centers across the country. These funds will create new, good-paying jobs in construction and healthcare and help provide care for more than 500,000 additional patients in underserved communities. More than 16 million Americans rely on health centers to keep them healthy, even if they can’t afford to pay for their care.


The following Illinois health centers will receive funding under today’s announcement:


• Chicago: $10,000,000 in funding for the Lawndale Christian Health Center


• Rockford: $5,342,337 in funding for the Crusaders Central Clinic Association


• Elgin: $2,452,172 in funding for the Greater Elgin Family Care Center


• Oak Park: $4,053,042 in funding for the PCC Community Wellness Center