McQuaid Mission

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  • Episode 25: Family Homelessness

    We shine a light on parents and little ones experiencing homelessness. UMOM is on the frontlines as the coordinated entry point for families needing help. Jackson Fonder, CEO of UMOM, will join us live in studio to talk about the challenges and actions underway to assist families in need.
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  • Episode 24: Inside The Arizona Housing Fund

    We take an inside look at the Arizona Housing Fund. Founder Howard Epstein joins us live in studio for this conversation. See how local business leaders are paving the way when it comes to building more affordable supportive housing in our state.

  • Episode 23: Native Connection & Community

    We take an inside look at the important work of Native American Connections. President and CEO Dede Yazzie Devine joins us live in studio to discuss how they help provide safe and affordable housing for our Native communities and beyond. Native American Fatherhood and Families Association Preside...

  • Episode 22: Keeping Seniors Housed

    What is being done to keep our seniors safe, housed and off the streets?
    Older adults are reported to be the fastest-growing homeless population in the Phoenix area. We’ll look at the systems in place to help and discuss the major triggers that can play a role in leading to senior homelessness.

  • Episode 21: The Power of Healthy Giving

    The season of giving is here – that time of year when many open their wallets to donate to valuable causes and charities. But while our hearts might be in the right place, does our approach need to change? We look at the power of the “Healthy Giving” concept and hear why it’s changing the way s...

  • Episode 20: Harnessing the Momentum of Now

    We are seeing record funding pour into our community from the American Rescue Plan and recent grants provided by the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. How do we harness the momentum of the moment to create sustainable change? Former UMOM CEO and owner of Newsom Nonprofit Consulting Darlene N...

  • Episode 19: The Process & Power of Philanthropy

    Last month, the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust awarded $123 million in surprise grants to 71 nonprofit organizations. This marked the largest single-day grant initiative in Arizona’s history. We will be joined live in studio by Piper Trust President & CEO Mary Jane Rynd and Wildfire Executi...

  • Episode 18: Inside Rapid Rehousing

    For those experiencing homelessness, getting into a safe place can be a scary and daunting journey. In this episode, we look at the process of “Rapid Rehousing” to see what’s working and what obstacles still remain. In a booming housing market, landlords play a critical role in these programs, ...

  • Episode 17: The Path to Housing

    For many experiencing homelessness, the path to housing is not always a quick or easy journey. What are some of the roadblocks and how can we make the process better? We will sit down with one expert to talk about strategy as well as opportunities. Plus, we go inside the organization “ELAINE” ...

  • Episode 16: Housing & The County Connection

    The issue of both permanent and temporary housing for those experiencing homelessness is an urgent one. We’ll sit down with leaders from Maricopa County’s Human Services Department to hear what resources are being put into action. Plus, we go one-on-one with the “Tiny House Doctor,” the Valley p...

  • Episode 15: Importance of Community Outreach

    We take a look at power of community outreach. From boots on the ground to the funding that provides much-needed support for organizations across the Valley, we’ll discuss why the outreach component is so critical in the fight to end homelessness.

  • Episode 14: Front Line of Mental Health & Homelessness

    What does it look like on the front lines when it comes to mental health and homelessness? Phoenix Police Assistant Chief Sean Connolly and Behavioral Health Consultant Kate Chandler from Circle the City join us live in studio for the insight you rarely hear about. Also, meet the former star at...

  • Episode 13: One Artist's Message: "YOU ARE AMAZING"

    Bringing “fast-food positivity” to the community is the mission of local artist Jayarr Steiner. He’s now sharing his “You Are Amazing” message and mural to those at the Human Services Campus. Steiner joins us live in studio to share why this recent project was not only important, but also deeply...

  • Episode 12 Best of: The McQuaid Mission

  • Episode 11: Mission Affordable Housing

    Where does Arizona stand when it comes to affordable housing? The Governor recently announced $500 million in federal funds to combat homelessness and housing instability. We’ll sit down with the new director of Arizona’s Department of Housing to talk about the plan moving ahead.

  • Episode 10: A Brighter Way

    Can you imagine being in so much dental pain that you take a drill to your own mouth? This is just one of many emotional stories happening inside one very special dental center. Dr. Kris Volcheck, CEO & Founder of Brighter Way Institute, will join us live in studio to share the incredible effor...

  • Episode 9: Race & Homelessness

    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...

  • Episode 8: Different Ways of Healing

    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...

  • 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 bel...

  • Episode 6: The Next Generation

    IN THIS EPISODE:
    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 mi...

  • Episode 5: Reality of Affordable Housing

    IN THIS EPISODE:
    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...

  • Episode 4: On the Frontlines

    IN THIS EPISODE
    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.

    A...

  • Episode 3: A Campus for Collaboration

    In the heart of Phoenix you will find the Human Services Campus. 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 i...

  • 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 in...