The DC government received over $200 million from the Tobacco Settlement Fund; and the District determined to invest these funds in new healthcare facilities for target populations, based on recommendations made by the RAND Corporation. Starting in 2008, the DC Department of Health (DOH) has awarded several rounds of grantees funds to expand primary and emergency care centers.
Amber advised the DC Department of Health (DOH) on preparation and issuance of the RFAs, evaluation of the real estate and financial aspects of the proposed projects and drafting of the grant agreements. During the development and construction stages, Amber provided assistance with oversight and management of the grant disbursements and work schedules.
$70 million in grants have been awarded in Rounds 1 and 2 to fund more than $130 million in active projects. Eight medical centers have been completed and are now in operation. The initiative was selected as a Finalist in 2015 for the DC Trends Impact Award presented by the Urban Land Institute (ULI).