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Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County and the Iowa City Free Medical Clinic were awarded preliminary funding from Iowa City Council using American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to expand medical services and renovate a community center. As part of the funding, the Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County will use $2 million to renovate a new community center in a targeted neighborhood such as Towncrest. It will include 50 early childhood education spots, youth afterschool programming classes, a computer lab, multipurpose space, a kitchen, library, food bank and more. "The proposed project responds to several public health, social, educational, childcare and economic inequities that were accelerated by the COVID-19 pandemic," Neighborhood Centers of Johnson County explained in the funding request document. They hope a new community center will serve as an organizing and engagement hub. The Iowa City Free Medical Clinic (FMC) will be given $1 million to add up to eight speciality clinics and repurpose the former dental operatory space on the main level, as well as incorporate ADA accessibility improvements, said Rachel Kilburg, assistant city manager. FMC reported there is a three month waiting list for chronic care patients and a one year waiting list for dental needs. Demand is expected to grow in May once temporary pandemic-related Medicaid expansions expire. In December 2022, Iowa City began the capital grant program. Eight proposals were submitted to the city, with six plans rejected. The city received $18.3 million in federal ARPA funds in 2021.