Director's Message

Providing human services in a County as large and diverse as Maricopa presents many challenges. Still recovering from the Great Recession, too many families, children, and individuals face significant barriers to become self-supporting and reach their full potential. Resources are scarce; laws, program requirements, and expectations are ever changing. Yet, HSD continue to make a measurable difference addressing complex issues, such as poverty, school readiness, homelessness, unemployment, and aging. HSD has made tremendous progress in preparing children for success in school; responding to family crises and preventing homelessness; assisting and connecting job seekers to employment; and helping adults with disabilities and seniors to safely remain in their own homes with dignity. 
The past year, HSD developed and implemented new strategies, expanded innovative pilot programs, continued to improve efficiency and effectiveness, and expanded dynamic partnerships to maximize our impacts. The achievements of 2016 are the result of a talented and committed Executive Team, dedicated and highly engaged HSD employees, and successful collaborations and networks of devoted community and public partners. The past year’s accomplishments provide a strong foundation on which we will continue to provide leadership, at all levels, to ensure the most efficient and effective programs and services possible and improve access to comprehensive and coordinated services that the residents of Maricopa County need and deserve. 

We thank you for your engagement and commitment to our Community. 

Bruce Liggett, Director
Maricopa County Human Services Department