Capital Fund Supports Via Care in East Los Angeles, CA
Via Care Community Health Center, headquartered in East Los Angeles, CA, is a well-known safe haven to its community, welcoming those most vulnerable—particularly undocumented immigrants and low-income second and third generation Hispanic/Latino patients. Recently, Capital Fund provided a $4.5 million direct loan to support the health center’s $5.4 million expansion to relocate and centralize all administrative services to increase operating efficiency overall to better serve its patients.
In addition to Capital Fund’s loan, funding for this project includes a cash contribution from the health center and a participation loan from BlueHub Capital.
Via Care will move all of its administrative operations from three current locations into one new property, thereby increasing administrative coordination. While this property will be used for administration purposes only, the new building will prompt a series of critical moves that will ensure increased availability of clinical and case management patient services to the community. Via Care currently operates 14 primary care clinics, a school-based wellness center at Garfield High School, and a Behavioral Health office. The purchase will allow for expansion of Enhanced Case Management (ECM) services, a Medi-Cal paid benefit designed to improve case management of patients who are frequent emergency room visitors.
Via Care anticipates a 43% growth in number of patients and a 62% increase in number of visits by FY2028. The number of sites will decrease since the new building will house the administration staff. This frees up space at the other existing facilities to increase clinical and case management patient services.
Via Care was founded in 2010 to address increasing lack of access to healthcare for low-income residents of East Los Angeles. In 2021, Via Care provided 96,008 medical, dental, and behavioral health visits to 17,277 low-income adults and children, a 58% increase from 2020 despite a challenging year due to the pandemic. Last year, the organization provided services to 17,277 patients through 96,008 visits. Eighty-nine percent of patients served in 2021 identified as Latino/Hispanic, and 90% of patients reported their income as 100% below the Federal Poverty Line. Learn more about Via Care here >