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.
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