PORTLAND, Maine — U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Tuesday that the Portland Community Health Center has been awarded a $500,000 federal grant to help fund the Park Avenue facility’s expansion and renovation.
The project aims to create more space at the center and increase the number of patients served by the facility from 3,000 to 4,000. The center charges patients using a sliding scale based on their ability to pay.
“This is great news and it’s going to allow us to do the expansion necessary to see one-third more patients,” said Leslie Brancato, CEO of the clinic, in a statement released by Pingree’s office Tuesday. “Without this funding, these renovations wouldn’t be possible.”
The grant is funded through the federal Affordable Care Act, which Pingree co-sponsored.
“This investment makes healthcare more accessible for people in our community who can’t afford it, without putting that burden on local property taxes,” Pingree said in a statement. “And the work that this money will fund also helps support local jobs, not just in the health center itself but construction jobs to do the necessary renovations.”