In New Orleans, at the crossroads of five different neighborhoods that were devastated by Hurricane Katrina and are still recovering, we're investing in a beautiful new health clinic – but we’re really investing in people – the close to 30,000 people who call this section of New Orleans home.
Read about the new clinic in The Jewish Week.
We have remained in New Orleans, and continued to invest long after Katrina and its aftermath shocked the conscience of our nation. Almost seven years later, we’re still there, creating jobs, rebuilding houses, and now, making sure families have access to high quality primary care.
After several years of work, we arranged for a $600,000 loan for a 4,319 square foot primary care clinic that will be located in Central City where the neighborhoods of Broadmoor, Freret, Hoffman Triangle, Gert Town, and Zion City come together. Half the money is a loan from the Isaiah Fund.
After seven years, the borrowers will own the building outright dramatically increase its financial sustainability moving forward and which makes this an outstanding model for the financing and development of community facilities. The new structure will also receive LEEDS silver certification, which means that it will be reconstructed with environmental sustainability in mind.
The Isaiah Fund, which is managed by Bend the Arc, is an inter-religious pooled loan fund that invests in long term recovery efforts (as opposed to disaster relief). It is a collaboration between Baptist, Catholic, Mennonite and Jewish organizations, and is the only national inter-religious loan fund devoted to this mission.
Because this will be a primary care clinic, residents will not only be able to see a doctor when they are sick, they will get the regular checkups and health screenings – for hypertension, cancer, asthma and other preventable diseases – that keep people healthy. And they will receive this care in dignity in a beautiful, new, green facility.