FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 17, 2014
HHC Joins CAMBA to Mark Innovative, Supportive Housing Developments at Kings County Hospital Center
HHC/CAMBA Partnership Paying Off
CAMBA President and CEO Joanne M. Oplustil with HHC President Dr. Ram Raju.
photo credit: Vanni Archive Architectural Photography
Brooklyn, NY – HHC joined with CAMBA Housing Ventures and its partners today to mark the opening of CAMBA Gardens Apartments Phase I and to break ground for CAMBA Gardens Apartments Phase II. Located on the campus of HHC Kings County Hospital Center (KCHC) in Brooklyn, the two developments when completed will include 502 affordable and supportive rental housing units for low-income residents, and will help connect those residents to various social services and to health services provided by KCHC.
“As HHC leads the transformation of healthcare in Brooklyn, projects such as these contribute directly to our goal of reducing hospitalizations by managing population health,” said HHC President Dr. Ram Raju. “Kings County Hospital Center has partnered with CAMBA to create over 500 units of sustainable, supportive and affordable rental housing that brings people closer to healthcare. I’m very proud of what we have achieved and look forward to partnering with similar groups to create similar projects such as these throughout the City.”
Architectural rendering: CAMBA Gardens Apartments Phase II
George M. Proctor, Senior Vice President for HHC’s North-Central Brooklyn Health Network, said,
“The groundbreaking for CAMBA Gardens truly demonstrates how the lives of people in Central
Brooklyn can be enhanced from a healthcare, economic, and social perspective through dedicated teamwork among multiple partners – government and non-profit. We look forward to the completion of this project, which will help us continue to strengthen the communities we serve.”
Ernest J. Baptiste, Executive Director of Kings County Hospital Center, said, “Research has shown that stable housing, which links supportive housing and healthcare services, enhances the effectiveness of each by providing a secure foundation for treating underlying health conditions. Therefore, we support any initiative that allows our community residents to improve their health outcomes by connecting them to primary and preventative care.”
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