Boston Globe Features Article on BCLF's Whittier Street Facility
Boston Community Loan Fund (BCLF) provided $5.8 million in debt financing to Whittier Street Health Center to build a new facility, which officially opened January 3rd. Reporter Matt Rocheleau of The Boston Globe writes about this opening in his article, “After 78 years, Whittier Street Heath Center has a space to call its own.”
“For the past several years, staff at Whittier Street Health Center had to convert closets and bathrooms into examination rooms in order to meet surging demand that drew more than twice as many patients as its facility was designed to handle.”
“But yesterday the Roxbury community medical center celebrated a major milestone when it opened a new space on Tremont Street that is nearly triple the size of its old home, and, for the first time in its 78-year history, began serving patients out of a building it not only designed and built, but independently owns.”
“At the most recent count, Whittier served a patient base of about 18,500 but its old space was designed to serve fewer than 7,000. Officials at the health center now expect its patient roster will grow to 25,000 by 2013 – two years earlier than the center’s staff had previously predicted.”
35 permanent full-time jobs have been created and they expect to hire 15 more before the end of February. In addition, 450 construction jobs were created to build the new facility.