Trust Awards $2.25M Grant to Prevent Homelessness

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust has awarded Keys to Change, formerly known as Human Services Campus, Inc., a three-year, $2.25 million grant to support the “flex” fund for homeless prevention and for general operating needs.

The Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust seeks to help people in need, especially women, children, and families; to protect animals and nature; and to enrich community life in the metropolitan areas of Indianapolis and Phoenix.

The “flex” fund, managed by Keys to Change, is available to partner organizations across the Valley to help people at risk of housing instability remain housed, including men, women, families and children.

“Keeping people housed is key to preventing homelessness,” said Keys to Change CEO Amy Schwabenlender. “In addition to operating and managing the Key Campus, Keys to Change is a leader in the effort and conversations directed at creating systemic change to solve and end homelessness. This very generous and critically important grant from the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust will positively impact many individuals and families who might otherwise fall into homelessness. In addition to the impact of the funds, the grant award points to the Pulliam Trust’s understanding of the needs and challenges and supports our efforts to address and develop solutions to end homelessness.”

A multi-year contract with Maricopa County for flexible prevention funds assisted more than 1,490 households. “This investment from the Pulliam Trust allows us to continue the regional effort to help people with housing stability which will reduce the inflow of households into homelessness,” Schwabenlender said.

Grant funding will continue through Jan. 3, 2027.

“Besides providing shelter and wraparound services to people experiencing homelessness, Keys to Change also helps individuals with emergency funding to maintain housing stability,” said Gene D’Adamo, president and CEO of the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. “We are committed now more than ever to supporting Keys to Change as they work to find solutions to Arizona’s housing crisis.”

Schwabenlender encouraged other community funders to join Pulliam Trust and Keys to Change in the effort to prevent homelessness.

The rebrand resulting in the name changes to Keys to Change and Key Campus followed a yearlong strategic process involving board members, staff and members of the community.

The new names clearly distinguish the organization from the campus location as well as better reflecting organizational goals, which extends beyond operating the campus to creating systemic change.

The tagline for Keys to Change is Working Together. Ending Homelessness.  The tagline for Key Campus is Unlocking The Way Home.

In the coming months, the organization’s website and other materials will reflect the changes.

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