The McQuaid Mission

Mike McQuaid

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.

Episodes

04/12/2021

Episode 7: Using Tech to Tackle Homelessness

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.

Special guests include:
  • John Ehlinger
    President, Garcia Family Foundation
  • Jerry Hirsch
    Chairman, The Lodestar Foundation

03/29/2021

Episode 6: The Next Generation

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.

Special guests include:
  • Rick Mitchell
    Executive Director, Homeless ID Project
  • Jonathan Koppell
    Dean of ASU Watts College & Vice Provost for Public Service & Social Impact

03/15/2021

Episode 5: Reality of Affordable Housing

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.

Special guests include:
  • Leah Landrum Taylor
    Assistant Director of AZ Department of Economic Security (DES)
  • Joan Serviss
    Executive Director of AZ Housing Coalition

03/01/2021

Episode 4: On the Frontlines

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.

Special guests include:
  • Steve Zabilski
    CEO of St Vincent de Paul
  • Jessica Boehm
    Housing Insecurity Reporter, Arizona Republic

02/15/2021

Episode 3: A Campus for Collaboration

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.

Special guests include:
  • Lisa Glow J.D.
    CEO of Central Arizona Shelter Services
  • John F. Hogeboom
    President & CEO of Community Bridges Inc.

02/01/2021

Episode 2: First Steps

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.’

Learn more: https://fromstreettohome.org/about/

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.

Special guests include:
  • Father Dan Ponisciak
    Executive Director of Andre House
  • Cleo Lewis
    Community Advocate

01/18/2021

Episode 1: What is the McQuaid Mission?

The first episode covers the work, impact, and continued efforts of Mike McQuaid and his team at the Human Services Campus.

Special guests include:
  • Mike McQuaid Jr.
  • U.S. Representative Greg Stanton

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