The McQuaid Mission
The Social Television Network (STN), in conjunction with the Human Services Campus, has launched an online show called the McQuaid Mission. When Mike McQuaid passed away from Covid-19 in July, Arizona lost a significant community leader. As president of the Human Services Campus (HSC) Board of Directors, Mike and several community leaders brought organizations together to create a multi-faceted approach to end homelessness in Phoenix.
The McQuaid Mission is a series dedicated to continuing Mike’s mission to end homelessness. Hosted by STN’s Chris Coraggio and HSC’s Executive Director Amy Schwabenlender and airing every other week, the show will explore the issues, efforts, progress and solutions surrounding homelessness in Maricopa County. Each episode will include community, business, and philanthropic leaders and service providers who are committed to working collaboratively to end homelessness at a regional level.
We take an eye-opening look at the intersection of race and homelessness. A recent report reveals that African Americans are nearly four times more likely to experience homelessness in Maricopa County. For Native Americans, that number is more than two times. We’ll examine the disparities that exist and the steps being taken to fix it.
Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Lloyd Hopkins at the Million Dollar Teacher Project in the Leader to Leader segment and helps explain the Government’s role in helping to end homelessness in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.
- Nicky Stevens
Regional Homelessness Program Manager, Maricopa Association of Governments
- Brent Downs
Executive Director, St. Joseph The Worker
Healing can come in many different ways. For the homeless, healthcare is not always easily accessible. Enter Circle the City, the team that provides top care and vaccinations for some of Arizona’s most vulnerable.
Also, do you believe in the healing power of music? We’ll have the sounds of a symphony live in studio, as well as a conversation with the President and CEO of The Phoenix Symphony. Join us for this powerful episode focused on helping and healing.
Amy Schwabenlender answers a question from Local First Arizona in the Leader to Leader segment and helps explain some commonly misunderstood terms in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters.
- Suzanne Wilson
President & CEO, The Phoenix Symphony
- Heidi Ward
COO, Circle the City
- Leslie Frey Anderegg
Acting Assistant Principal Second Violin, The Phoenix Symphony
What roles do data and systems play in the mission to get people off the streets for good? We examine the role technology plays in ending homelessness. Plus, with the searing heat around the corner, we take a deep dive into what that really means for our homeless population. There’s a popular belief that the homeless leave town – but is that true? Our expert, Amy Schwabenlender breaks down the facts in the latest edition of McQuaid Mission Mythbusters and answers a question from the Arizona Hispanic Chamber of Commerce in our Leader to Leader segment.
- John Ehlinger
President, Garcia Family Foundation
- Jerry Hirsch
Chairman, The Lodestar Foundation
Inside the “Action Nexus.” Sounds futuristic, right? Well, the future is now, because the next generation is hard at work and ready to tackle homelessness. We’ll talk about ASU’s solutions-driven program that’s empowering students.
And having your ID handy, is something we might take for granted. But for those working their way out of homelessness, having identification at the ready is easier said than done. We’ll explain how the Homeless ID Project is instrumental in helping, while also reaching out to a new community at risk.
Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers a question from Style PHX in our Leader to Leader segment and answers common questions in the MythBusters segment.
- Rick Mitchell
Executive Director, Homeless ID Project
- Jonathan Koppell
Dean of ASU Watts College & Vice Provost for Public Service & Social Impact
It’s estimated that more than 300 people are moving into Maricopa County everyday. Projections reflect 3,000 “affordable housing” units will be needed per year by 2030. When you combine those stats with a competitive housing and rental market, how do you make affordable housing a reality for those who need it?
Also, we’ll discuss how DES is connecting the business community with people looking to re-enter the workforce, and hear how they are providing life-changing solutions.
Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers questions from local organizations in our Leader to Leader segment and answers common questions in the MythBusters segment.
- Leah Landrum Taylor
Assistant Director of AZ Department of Economic Security (DES)
- Joan Serviss
Executive Director of AZ Housing Coalition
Arizona Republic Reporter Jessica Boehm joins us live in studio. As the Housing Insecurity Reporter, Jessica’s beat is homelessness. Jessica has spent time on the frontlines with Phoenix’s homeless helping to tell their stories. She will share with us her unique perspective.
Also live in studio, Steve Zabilski, CEO of St. Vincent de Paul. Steve knows firsthand the progress being made both at home and regionally in the mission to serve those in need. He will discuss the current challenges as well as opportunities.
Toward the end, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, answers some common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.
- Steve Zabilski
CEO of St Vincent de Paul
- Jessica Boehm
Housing Insecurity Reporter, Arizona Republic
In the heart of Phoenix you will find the Human Services Campus (HSC). Comprised of several buildings on 13 acres, HSC is a collaborative force consisting of 16 partner organizations. This tour is an eye-opening experience to the hope, promise and potential HSC provides the homeless community.
Also in this episode, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, is joined by the CEOs of Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS), and Community Bridges (CBI) to discuss the fight and future of obtaining more shelter beds in our community. She also answers some common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.
- Lisa Glow J.D.
CEO of Central Arizona Shelter Services
- John F. Hogeboom
President & CEO of Community Bridges Inc.
In Maricopa County in 2019, nearly 3,200 unsheltered people experienced homelessness, according to the Point-in-Time Count, an increase of 22% over 2018. This is only a one-day snapshot of people who are found and counted.
And the challenges will grow as the population grows, rents continue increasing, there is an ongoing shortage of affordable housing and the eviction rate climbs. The inflow of people into homelessness isn’t stopping. Adding more shelter beds is a first step and a short-term solution.
To address the challenge, Human Services Campus, which owns and manages the 13-acre campus housing 16 independent nonprofit and government organizations collaborating on a range of services, is seeking Phoenix City Council approval to add more shelter beds.’
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In this second episode, Amy Schwabenlender, executive director of the Human Services Campus, walks us through their recommendations and requests to Phoenix City Council. She also answers common questions that are often unknown and frequently asked about the homeless population.
- Father Dan Ponisciak
Executive Director of Andre House
- Cleo Lewis
The first episode covers the work, impact, and continued efforts of Mike McQuaid and his team at the Human Services Campus.
Mike McQuaid Jr.
U.S. Representative Greg Stanton