Weekly e-Newsletter | October 4, 2023

Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, CEO

Reflections from the front lines serving people experiencing homelessness, in a cooler Phoenix, Autumn in the air, and a recovery from COVID.

There are fewer hours of day light. The pavement is still warming up. The shadows are longer and seemingly darker. Timed lighting flickers on as the sun sets. 

Personally I had a second bout of COVID (the first one was in November of 2021). This time was not as severe, possibly due to the Paxlovid medication. Side effects from that were rough. There was a heavy duty metallic taste in my mouth over the five day course of medicine; the only thing that negated it was Propel flavored water. I think my sense of smell is dampened, meaning the few things I could smell are gone again (other than smoke). And those are minor complaints in the grand scheme.

In four spaces on the Human Services Campus (HSC) we continue to shelter 900 people nightly. This week the HSC Outreach Team counted 471 unsheltered in our neighborhood; this number continues to fluctuate. This is the early part of the month, when people may have money from Social Security which allows them to rent a motel room for a bit of time. 

The HSC team also manages the "By Name List" for single adults who are experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County and have been assessed for housing. This week there are 7,317 adults on this list. 

When we talk about system flow, we are looking at the number of people who fall into homelessness and the number of people who move out in to housing. For Maricopa County the inflow is nearly two times the outflow. And the fact that 7,317 are waiting for housing paints a picture of how clogged the system is and how few housing opportunities are available. And, these numbers don't include the data for families. While these are big numbers, as I have said before they are not outrageous, unsolvable numbers. We can do this. [Read More...]

Project Connect Assists 119 People in Avondale

On September 28th, 81 volunteers assisted 119 individuals and families via the Project Connect event at the Avondale Baptist Church. HSC, partners and volunteers, many from Banner Health, connected people to an array of services designed to remove barriers to ending homelessness. From basic needs like meals, clothing and haircuts; to identification documents, healthcare, veteran services and pet care, numerous organizations collaborated to help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. Participating partners included:

A special thanks to Avondale Baptist Church for hosting the event, and for all the volunteers and partner organizations who participated.

The next Project Connect will be in Arcadia on November 7th. Stay tuned for more information!

Take a Tour of the Campus

Tour time! Every month we host a tour on the first Wednesday at 9:00 am. You can count steps in your day visiting the 13 acres and eight buildings. If you are interested in joining us, the next available tour is November 1st. Our collective of 15 partner organizations is waiting to meet you!

To register, please contact us at [email protected] or call (602) 282-0853. 

The McQuaid Mission

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The next episode of McQuaid Mission will be filmed October 5th and available for viewing next week. HSC has a limited number of seats at the STN studio each month. Email [email protected] if you would like to attend.


Watch Episode 1 of Season 3 Here

Mission:  Using the power of collaboration to create solutions to end homelessness
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