A hard look a worsening homeless problem and examining the programs aiming to fix it
Homelessness in the Greater Phoenix area has proven to be an intricate challenge steadily escalating over the past decade.
According to the point-in-time (PIT) census conducted by the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG), the number of people experiencing homelessness in Maricopa County increased by over 70% between 2017 and 2023.
The issue’s root cause is attributed to a shortage of reasonably priced housing to meet the increasing demand of Phoenix’s rapid population growth. Additionally, the rising cost of living has been surpassing wage growth, making it increasingly challenging for individuals to sustain long-term housing solutions.
STN started the McQuaid Mission series in 2020 as a way to address, organize and end homelessness in Arizona. Originally inspired by the life and legacy of Mike McQuaid, president of the Human Services Campus, who believed this is a solvable issue and dedicated his life to fulfilling that belief.
McQuaid Mission, now part of the It Happens at STN series, is dedicated to continuing Mike’s mission to end homelessness. Hosted by STN, alongside Human Services Campus and UMOM executives, the monthly show explores the issues, efforts, progress, and solutions surrounding homelessness in Maricopa County.
We cover topics that help our viewers understand the complexity and magnitude of this growing issue. Through our coverage, we gather community organizations to create long-term solutions, get involved and make a difference in the lives of those experiencing homelessness in their community.
The number of people experiencing homelessness in Arizona has increased almost 25% since 2020 and 62% since 2012.
Source: AZ Dept. of Econ. Security (2022)