The big assist for making it all happen came from Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney, who brokered the discussions among agencies at the city, state and federal levels, and NJIT.
Rep. Maloney also managed part of the funding for transporting the containers from New Jersey and setting them up on NYCHA grounds. The Floating Hospital is contributing clinic staff at no out-of-pocket cost to NYCHA residents.
“The Covid-19 crisis highlighted the health disparities within our city, and I wanted to find a solution especially at Astoria Houses, which was faced with record cases,” Rep. Maloney said.
This isn’t the first time the congresswoman stepped in to help. In 2008, she helped The Floating Hospital establish an on-site clinic at Queensbridge Houses, the largest public-housing complex in North America with 26 residential buildings and more than 3,200 lease holders.
“I knew that there was a possibility to replicate something similar at Astoria Houses,” she said. “It took a lot of effort at all levels of government and from our private-sector partners to see this come to fruition, but this health unit is also a product of what true leadership, partnership, and collaboration looks like. I’m grateful for The Floating Hospital Team for their dedication and commitment to public health efforts; they are such an asset to our community.”