Weekly Newsletter | April 3, 2024

Human Services Campus is changing our name to Keys to Change. Learn more...


´╗┐Reflections from Amy Schwabenlender, CEO

Reflections from the front lines serving people experiencing homelessness, during a Phoenix Spring with passive aggressive temperatures, rain and wind, and a metaphorically similar State legislative session. We live in a storm of sentiment and opinion, a maelstrom of politics. 


The number of unsheltered in the immediate area of the Key Campus (formerly known as Human Services Campus) was 55 this morning. The number in our team's expanded count increased to 474; this area is a wider radius in which the team has also been regularly counting. One month ago the expanded count area was 373, and two months ago it was 296.


Unsheltered people are moving from location to location.


Homelessness continues to increase.


This week there are 7,786 adults on the By Name List for housing, housing that comes with some level of services. (Reminder: this is different from public housing authority wait lists.)


Four spaces on the Key Campus continue to shelter 900+ individuals every night.


For the calendar year 2023, according to Maricopa Association of Governments, there were 19 new people experiencing homelessness for every 10 people finding housing.

(https://azmag.gov/Programs/Homelessness/Data/Homelessness-Trends)


If we continue with a weather metaphor, the above might be compared to a "rising tide," or a "scattered thunderstorm" that leaves pockets of flooded area. If we wanted to understand what caused the weather, we would look to the skies and ask meteorologists about weather patterns. We would look for the emergency responders, the temporary storm shelters, and crisis services. And we would not blame these responders, shelters, and services for creating the storm.


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Don't miss out! ´╗┐Arizona Charitable Tax Credit

Did you know?


You can claim donations made between January 1 through April 15, 2024 on your 2023 Arizona state tax return! That means there's still time to take advantage of this incredible tax benefit, while supporting your favorite nonprofit organizations.


Keys to Change is a Qualified Charitable Organization (QCO), which means up to $841 of your annual donations may be eligible for the dollar-for-dollar Arizona State QCO Tax Credit.


Check with your financial advisor or learn more here

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46-3333160

Keys to Change Tax Identification Number

20970

Keys to Change QCO Code

Click here to volunteer at Project Connect

Questions about Project Connect? Email Liz at eroed@keystochangeaz.org

Thank You Howland Studios and Palomar Hotel!

Thanks to local creatives, Keys to Change had the amazing opportunity to broaden awareness to the issues of homelessness in Maricopa County with the dynamic Palomar Hotel in downtown Phoenix as our hosts.


When April Howland, Artist-in-Residence, was asked about her choice of Keys to Change as the recipient organization, she opened up about a recent hardship that nearly left her unhoused. "This experience taught me that homelessness can happen to anyone in an instant."


Congrats on the $1,200+ raised through this special community art project. And thank you for hosting a fantastic culminating happy hour event.

Be Like Mike.

Mission: Using the power of collaboration to create solutions to end homelessness

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