Hope for the homeless: Lake Elsinore

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The Anchor resident Glen Peterson keeps his room clean by taking care of his chores. The Anchor is a crisis stabilization housing complex to help transition homeless individuals and is owned by the city of Lake Elsinore and is managed by Social Work Action Group (SWAG). Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
Members of Lake Elsinore’s Homeless Task Force recently launched The Anchor, an innovative project to help lessen the weight experienced by many homeless people living in the area. “We felt this name had a lot of meaning to the project and the community,” Nicole Dailey, assistant to the city manager, said. “The Anchor is nautical, and we are a lake city, but more importantly, it symbolizes creating a place where we seek to stabilize individuals in need of support; like an anchor holds down and stabilizes a vessel.” Lake Elsinore has become increasingly proactive and aggressive in addressing homelessness in its community. In May 2017, the Homeless Task Force was established and included two city council members, Natasha Johnson and Brian Tisdale. Its purpose was to develop a
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