Portland health center gets $500K grant

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PORTLAND — The city’s Community Health Center will receive a $500,000 grant for renovations via the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, announced Tuesday.

The center at 180 Park Ave. serves 3,000 patients each year. Renovations funded by the grant will allow it to see an additional 1,000 patients. The center charges patients on a sliding scale based on need.

“This is great news and it’s going to allow us to do the expansion necessary to see one-third more patients. Without this funding, these renovations wouldn’t be possible,” Leslie Brancato, CEO of the health center, said in a press release.