New clinic offers free healthcare services

Cutting the ribbon at opening of St. John's Well Child and Family Center. | Jessica Harrington (Annenberg TV News)

Cutting the ribbon at opening of St. John’s Well Child and Family Center. | Jessica Harrington (Annenberg TV News)

Reporting by Jessica Harrington for Annenberg TV News

The St. John’s Well Child & Family Center at the Lorenzo Housing Complex celebrated its grand opening Thursday March 5. The free clinic on Adams Boulevard near the 110 freeway is open to the community, including those who live at The Lorenzo. The clinic’s opening marked the success of a seven-year effort by the United Neighbors in Defense Against Displacement (UNIDAD) coalition to incorporate the surrounding community into development projects aimed at the college students in the area.

The Lorenzo, which began housing residents in 2013, is a high-end housing project catered towards USC students. The housing developer and various organizations signed the Lorenzo Community Benefits Agreement to ensure the building was inclusive to residents. This facility is part of this plan. It will remain in the same location rent-free for 20 years thanks to a gift from the developer.

The Los Angeles Techincal Trade College has its own St. John’s clinic on campus, but anything that cannot be taken care of at the clinic will be referred to the new facility. The new location is part of a larger movement to to ensure that everyone has access to affordable healthcare in their own community.

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