The funding, which was allocated in partnership with the National Association of Community Health Centers, will further the Long Island City clinic’s role as a health care hub in Queens.
The money will also be used to support the clinic’s fleet of minibuses, which brings one family at a time from the city’s homeless shelters to receive care. The minibuses make more trips to allow families to maintain social distancing.
They are also used to bring staff directly to and from their homes.
The Floating Hospital is one of the federally qualified health centers receiving funding through Direct Relief’s $25 million COVID-19 Fund for Community Health.
Although its main clinic is in Long Island City, The Floating Hospital operates satellite clinics at shelters, public housing and assessment centers throughout the city.
“We’re incredibly grateful to Direct Relief and the National Association of Community Health Centers for the grant,” said Dr. Shani Andre, the clinic’s chief medical officer. “It ensures that we can continue our role as a safety net for New York City, and especially our community here in Queens.”