Maloney announces $325,000 federal grant for The Floating Hospital
NEW YORK— Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) announced today The Floating Hospital’s receipt of a $325,000 federal grant at a ceremonial check presentation to Cynthia Davis, Director of Community Outreach for The Floating Hospital, at their clinic in Long Island City. Rep. Maloney advocated on behalf of The Floating Hospital, and was pivotal in ensuring its receipt of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Substance Abuse Service Expansion grant. Increasing the availability and access to integrated substance abuse services is critical for the population that The Floating Hospital serves.
“The Floating Hospital has been an invaluable resource for my community,” said Congresswoman Maloney. “Since coming to the area in 2006, I have witnessed the incredible work of the organization’s leadership and the crucial services they provide. It was my great pleasure to support them in securing this grant, and I know that they will be able to do a great deal of good with this funding. Substance abuse is a disease we must fight against as a community, and The Floating Hospital is on the front lines of that fight every day. It is my hope that this grant makes that fight a little bit easier.”
“Carolyn Maloney has long been a champion for both the residents of public housing in Queensbridge and the numerous homeless families we treat each year,” said Sean Granahan, President of The Floating Hospital. “This grant seamlessly ties together both communities in an effort to help recognize substance use, and find ways to work together to control it. We greatly appreciate her ongoing support.”
This funding granted by the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Substance Abuse Service Expansion grant will go toward improving The Floating Hospital’s program of targeted substance abuse identification and direction to treatment within its homeless family and public housing populations. The organization and its staff will now be better equipped to identify patients in need and better coordinate their services, which will allow them to serve a greater number of patients each year. They will be able to increase housing and employment stability for their patients, and be overall better prepared to handle the complex medical and mental health issues exacerbated by substance abuse.