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$300,000 grant will help people experiencing homelessness in metro Phoenix

homeless encampment
Jackie Hai/KJZZ
A homeless encampment built on the edge of 33rd Avenue south of Buckeye Road in Phoenix.

Local non-profit Thunderbirds Charities recently awarded a $300,000 grant to a nonprofit that helps people experiencing homelessness.

Keys to Change hosts 15 independent agencies that help more than 1,000 people every day on its campus near downtown Phoenix.

The money will help expand existing services from intake and assessment to housing referral.

Focus will also be on diversion efforts, which aim to help reunite people with a loved one who can support them outside of formal homelessness services.

Of the almost 11,000 clients whose needs the campus assessed in the 2023 fiscal year, 842 were redirected to family or friends.

Kirsten Dorman is a field correspondent at KJZZ. Born and raised in New Jersey, Dorman fell in love with audio storytelling as a freshman at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2019.