Sat., Nov. 7, marked the 15th anniversary of the Human Services Campus. The development of the HSC was a collaborative, compassionate response to homelessness in the downtown Phoenix area.
Today, 16 independent nonprofit and social service organizations work together on the 13-acre campus at 12th Avenue and Madison in a nationally recognized model that provides a comprehensive and holistic array of services to address the root cause of homelessness. HSC is the lead agency for single adult coordinated entry in the Valley. Intakes and assessments are completed for each guest to create individualized plans connecting them to the wide array of services provided by the partnering agencies.
Originally owned and operated by Maricopa County, in 2017, ownership and management of the campus was transferred to HSC, Inc.
HSC’s anniversary will be celebrated during the virtual Mike McQuaid I Am Home Breakfast from 8 to 8:45 a.m. on Fri., Dec. 11, in an online broadcast originating from home plate at Chase Field. The annual fundraiser, which is being moved online, also will celebrate its namesake, founder and champion Mike McQuaid, who passed away earlier this year from COVIC-19.
During fiscal year 2020, nearly 5,000 unduplicated clients accessed services on the campus where nearly 2,900 clients were assessed at the Brian Garcia Welcome Center for housing placements. Of those, 501 were diverted to friends and family, preventing them from entering the homeless services system. Through diversions, 83 percent did not return to homelessness within a year in Maricopa County.
To help even more individuals experiencing homelessness take the first, and most important, step toward moving from the street into permanent housing, a request is currently before the Phoenix City Council to
• Add 275 shelter beds at Central Arizona Shelter Services (CASS)
• Allow Andre House to build a 100-bed low-barrier shelter across the street from the campus and
• Allow up to 200 emergency shelter beds in the St. Vincent de Paul Dining Room or Lodestar Day Resource Center during extreme summer and winter weather
Find more information about HSC and the breakfast HERE.
PHOTOS COURTESY HUMAN RESOURCES CENTER