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Elica Health Center awarded 700K to open new Arden-Arcade health center for homeless, under-served

Sacramento's Elica Health Centers (Elica), has been awarded $700,000 in federal funds to a operate a new permanent health center in the Arden-Arcade area, a project for which Congressman Ami Bera advocated.

Elica provides high-quality, affordable, culturally and linguistically appropriate health care to under-served families and children in the Sacramento region living below the poverty level, including individuals who are homeless. They emphasize prevention, wellness, health education, and chronic disease management.

Due to an increase in demand for primary care services, the Elica-Wright St. location will expand services for homeless patients and low-income residents that reside in the general community.

"As a doctor who volunteers in local free clinics myself, I know how necessary the services that Elica provides to our community are," said Bera. "Everyone deserves access to good health care, and preventive care not only keeps people healthy, but also helps keep costs down for the entire health care system."

Formerly Midtown Medical Center for Children and Families, Elica was established in 1979, and became a Federally Qualified Health Center in 2012. Primary care services are currently provided from two sites, one in downtown Sacramento and the other on 15th Street in West Sacramento, and by means of a school-based Health on Wheels (HOW) mobile clinic.

Bera has represented Sacramento County in Congress since 2013. Born and raised in California, he is a physician and the only Indian American currently serving in Congress. He's fighting to rebuild an economy that works for middle class families and to reduce our country's debt in a responsible way. One of Bera's first acts in Congress was to help lead the effort to pass the No Budget No Pay Act, which says if members of Congress don't pass a budget, they don't get paid. As a leader of the No Labels' Problem Solvers, he's working with people from both parties to find bipartisan solutions to our nation's challenges. He and his wife Janine live in Elk Grove with their daughter Sydra. For more updates on Rep. Bera follow @RepBera on Twitter, like Congressman Bera on Facebook, or visit