Kent Medical Clinic and Affordable Housing Mixed Use Facility
Representative Adam Smith submitted the following Community Project Funding request for Sea Mar Community Health Centers.
$2.2 million was successfully included in the House Committee on Appropriations Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 appropriations bill.
Each Representative may request funding for up to 15 projects in their community for fiscal year 2023. This does not guarantee the projects will be funded.
"Sea Mar Community Health Centers’ new Kent clinic will allow us to provide increased access to healthcare, culturally sensitive care, and affordable and equitable services for people and families who face many barriers to getting the services they need," said Rogelio Riojas, CEO of Sea Mar. "We are grateful for Congressman Smith’s support of the project, which demonstrates his commitment to health equity for marginalized communities."
“Sea Mar Community Health Centers has done incredible work in communities across Washington state to provide vital health care services to the most underserved and vulnerable members of our communities. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown us how essential organizations like Sea Mar are for public health and safety,” said Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash). “I am grateful for their crucial work, and I am proud to have submitted a funding request for their new facility in Kent, which will not only provide health care services but also housing to vulnerable populations here in King County.”
The requested funding will support construction of the medical clinic portion of Sea Mar’s new Kent clinic and affordable housing development. This project will allow Sea Mar to provide increased access to healthcare, culturally sensitive care, as well as affordable and equitable medical and housing services to underserved populations including those of low income, the uninsured or publicly insured, and disenfranchised minority groups.
The Medical Clinic and Affordable Housing Mixed Use Facility will allow Sea Mar to increase the number of patients the organization already serves with its local clinics, as well as provide an updated, integrated system of care unique in the area. Given its distance from other clinics providing services to uninsured and Medicaid patients, and its location in a severely distressed area, Sea Mar anticipates being able to serve 6,000 unduplicated medical patients, 3,960 unduplicated dental patients, and 675 unduplicated behavioral health patients per year once fully operational.