Santa Maria Community Services Receives $150,000 Grant from KeyBank Foundation to Support Stable Families Program for Families on the Brink of Homelessness

L to R: Santa Maria Chief Development Officer, Dr. Nune Sargsyan, Santa Maria Marketing & Communications Specialist, Christy Cauley, Keybank Vice President, Regional Corporate Responsibility/Community Relations Officer, Kenya Taylor, Santa Maria Stable Families Coordinator, Francesca Phillis, Santa Maria Director of Supportive Services, Hillary Williams, Keybank Cincinnati Market President & Key Private Bank Market Leader – Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio, Jennifer Damiano

Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is pleased to announce a significant grant of $150,000 from the KeyBank Foundation, aimed at bolstering our Stable Families program. The grant will be distributed over three installments, providing critical support for families on the brink of homelessness in Hamilton County.

Santa Maria’s Stable Families program seeks to extend a helping hand to households facing housing instability. The program, which targets neighborhoods and schools with high student mobility rates, offers a comprehensive range of services to promote both immediate relief and long-term stabilization. Each participating family receives individual attention and guidance from a case manager who provides:

  • Family counseling and advocacy;
  • Assistance in negotiations with landlords;
  • Locating resources for healthcare and afterschool programs;
  • Specialized support for children with unique needs;
  • Short-term financial aid for rent, transportation, and utility bills;
  • Household budgeting guidance; and
  • Connections to resources to prevent future crises.

Santa Maria President and CEO, H.A. Musser, Jr., states, “This generous grant from the KeyBank Foundation significantly enhances our capacity to make a difference in the lives of at-risk families. It strengthens our commitment to helping our program participants achieve long-lasting change by addressing and resolving the issues that push families to the brink of homelessness.”

“KeyBank’s purpose is to help the communities we serve thrive, and accessibility to services surrounding housing instability is a crucial element of thriving communities,” said Jennifer Damiano, KeyBank Cincinnati Market President. “We are excited to partner with and support Santa Maria in their mission of promoting stable, vibrant communities across Hamilton County. We look forward to the positive outcomes that will come from the Stable Families program.”

To qualify for the Stable Families program, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Residency in Hamilton County;
  • At least one school-aged child who is enrolled in school;
  • A housing risk factor such as eviction, inhabitable conditions, or back rent owed;
  • Willingness to participate in 12-18 months of case management; and
  • Must have some form of income and a willingness to seek employment.

To find out if a family is eligible for Stable Families, call or text 513-378-2706.

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About KeyCorp
KeyCorp’s roots trace back nearly 200 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation’s largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $188 billion at September 30, 2023. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of approximately 1,000 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.


About Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
Santa Maria Community Services, Inc. is an independent, 501(c)3 nonprofit organization originally founded by the Sisters of Charity in 1897 and place-based in Cincinnati Ohio’s Price Hill community. Santa Maria provides more than 2,500 individuals with educational tools and resources to build strong families, promote healthy residents, and foster neighborhood revitalization. Our Price Hill Family Centers provide a welcoming environment and the coaching, support, and flexibility to assist families to achieve their identified goals toward stabilization and self-sufficiency. Our mission is to be a catalyst and advocate for Greater Price Hill families to attain their educational, financial, and health goals. Our vision is for Greater Price Hill to be a vibrant, thriving, and self-sustaining community. Learn more at

January 18, 2024
Christy Cauley
Santa Maria Community Services, Inc.
(513) 557-7297