The Anchor is a crisis stabilization housing complex owned by the City of Lake Elsinore and operated by Social Work Action Group (SWAG) serving chronic homeless individuals from Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and adjacent county areas. The Anchor has 14 separate units and can house up to 20 individuals. Each individual is selected and placed by the City’s Homeless Task Force for up to 90 days, and must be thoroughly assessed prior to placement.
The Anchor offers a 90-day crisis stabilization program. It is not an emergency or shelter housing operation. Rather, it is a resting place for those who are chronically homeless to work toward the acceptance of help and recovery. The Anchor and its related on-site supportive services has been funded by the Homeless Emergency Aid Program and Project Homekey. As such, each homeless individual is carefully selected, assessed, and placed strategically into the complex based the following eligibility requirements:
- Chronically homeless, i.e. individuals must be homeless living on the streets for at least one year or more, or had three or more episodes of homelessness that were equivalent to one year.
- Identified as literally homeless (living in a place not meant for habitation) by Law Enforcement or Code Enforcement.
- Must be known to reside on the streets of Lake Elsinore, Wildomar and surrounding unincorporate District 1 areas.
- A working history of outreach and/or case management with SWAG for at least sis months.
For more information about The Anchor and/or those eligible for housing, please contact Lake Elsinore’s Homeless Task Force at (951) 674-3124 ext. 859. All callers should leave a voicemail if there is no answer and someone will return your call within 24 hours (if during business hours).
Walk-ins or drop-offs will not be accepted and will be turned away at the facility entrance. Please call ahead at the number provided to determine eligibility and admission prior to visiting the facility.
*Due to COVID-19, no visitors will be allowed on the facility premises without an appointment and a COVID-19 clearance. View the latest COVID_19 updates at www.lake-elsinore.org/coronavirus.
Please watch the following videos that highlight the Stories from the Anchor.
City of Lake Elsinore - The Anchor
City of Wildomar - Wildomar Conversations - Keith Johnson's Story
Read Keith's whole story on the Wildomar Rap.
Social Work Action Group (SWAG) - Updates from The Anchor
To see more S.W.A.G. videos, please follow their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/theswagorg/.
Photos from The Anchor