About Us

Covenant House is the largest, primarily privately funded charity in North and Central America providing immediate and long-term support for young people facing homelessness and survivors of trafficking.

previously homeless teens smiling | Covenant House - About Us


Covenant House doors are open all day and night, every day of the week.


Since 1972, we've opened our doors to more than 1.5 million young people.


More than 2,200 young people wake up in a Covenant House bed every day.

Who We Serve

We provide housing and support services to youth facing homelessness. We help young people transform their lives and put them on a path to independence.

We are open 24/7 in cities across North and Central America. Our strengths-based programs are designed to empower young people to rise and overcome adversity, today and in the future.

homeless teen girl outside | Covenant House - About Us

How We Serve

Our Programs Put Youth Experiencing Homelessness on a Path to Independence. Each year, millions of young people across the countries where we operate face a period of homelessness. Our services and programs help those youth overcome the harsh experience of being unhoused. At the same time, we advocate for public policies that address the roots of the crisis, focusing on justice, safety, and opportunity.

Covenant House staff working with youth playing basketball

Our Strategic Plan

Approximately 4.2 million young people experience a form of homelessness each year. We have a plan.

The Journey Home: A Roadmap to Ending Youth Homelessness

Serious looking youth | The Issues | Covenant House
group of happy former homeless youth | Covenant House

"We envision and work toward a world where every young person has a safe place to sleep and the love, respect, and support they need to build a future of their own."

Our Principles

We are steadfast in our commitment to building a present and future of safety, healing, housing, and opportunity for young people facing homelessness. We are committed to providing unconditional love, absolute respect, and relentless support for each young person who walks through our doors.

Our Principles - Immediacy


We welcome all youth without judgment or conditions, meeting their immediate basic needs of food, clothing, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep, at no cost.

Our Principles - Sanctuary


We acknowledge the bravery it takes for young people to walk through our doors. We offer them a welcoming and safe environment based on absolute respect, unconditional love, and relentless support, where we believe in and encourage their resilience.

Our Principles - Value Communication

Value Communication

We value authentic relationships, honor the voice of our youth, and model caring relationships based on trust, respect, and honesty.

Our Principles - Structure


We provide stability and consistency for young people to pursue their great promise.

Our Principles - Choice


We honor that young people hold the power to their story. Through relentless engagement we foster confidence and encourage them to believe in themselves and make informed choices about their lives.

How We Operate

We are committed to helping every young person who needs us 24/7, 365 days a year. Our programs and services are fueled by:

  • Donations from people who believe every young person deserves to be protected and loved.
  • Philanthropic institutions who seek to transform community outcomes.
  • Partnerships with businesses leveraging their scale to empower a just society.


homeless youth in need of shelter | Covenant House

We Are Covenant House

Meet our team overseeing the critical work that happens across our sites in North and Central America.

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Join Our Team

Join our team of dedicated, caring professionals who believe no young person should be without a home.