Menifee approves contract with SWAG homeless outreach services provider

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MENIFEE – The Menifee City Council approved a professional service agreement with Social Work Action Group, also known as SWAG, to continue addressing homelessness within the city of Menifee at the Aug. 5 city council meeting. The Community Services Department and Menifee Police Department recommended continuing the partnership formed with SWAG to allow for a unified approach toward homeless outreach services in the city and ensuring appropriate services are provided.

During the fiscal year 2019-2020, city park rangers in the Community Services Department and Riverside County Sheriff’s Department worked closely with SWAG. Together the groups had 380 individual contacts, enrolled 54 new clients, made over 600 phone calls for client services, connected 60 individuals with Mental Health Services, made 40 Substance Abuse service attempts with 11 connections, obtained Emergency Shelter for 18 individuals and aided 35 individuals in successfully obtaining housing.

In fiscal year 2020-2021, SWAG will provide two dedicated outreach/case workers to the city for 24 hours each week. The initial six-month agreement will help to establish a new baseline for services, which will be reassessed to determine the need for any service level modifications for the remainder of the fiscal year. The cost for the homeless outreach services agreement is not-to-exceed $58,032 from the city general fund.

Submitted by city of Menifee.