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Covenant House New Orleans

Helping Homeless Kids in New Orleans

611 North Rampart Street
New Orleans, LA 70112-3505
Phone: (504) 584-1111

For 30 years, Covenant House New Orleans has provided a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth ages 16-21. Our specially trained team reaches out to homeless kids on the street and in abandoned buildings. In the past year, our average daily census has increased from 45 to over 100 kids a night.

The doors of our Crisis Center are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. When kids walk through our doors, we provide a hot meal, clothes, a bed, caring staff, and so much more. Our first goal is to reunite kids with family. All too often, that is not a viable option. Therefore, our case managers and counselors help them find jobs and housing; these are crucial steps in the transition to independent living.

 A personalized case plan is developed with each youth. It includes goals in employment, education, health, and parenting. Individual medical and mental health assessments are provided within 72 hours of arrival.  We enroll our kids in a variety of skill building classes. We cover computer literacy and job readiness training, job search, journaling, life skills, parenting, and values communication. In addition to working with a host of community partners, we also have a full service landscape training program.

Once our kids are working, they save 80% of each paycheck. When they have enough money, we help them locate an affordable apartment. Our support will continue as long as they need us. Youth who are highly motivated have the opportunity for longer-term housing in our Rights of Passage program while they work and finish their education. Youth with disabilities are offered comprehensive professional care and alternative housing.

This year, we will provide over 40,000 nights of shelter. We have a 100% success rate for housing, feeding, and clothing homeless youth in crisis, plus a 54% success rate for placing youth in safe and sustainable living situations.

Average Daily Census:

Crisis Center:  52

Rights of Passage: 28

Offsite Apartments:  32

Total: 112

Youth Served Every Year


Year Established


Programs & Services

  • Crisis Center
  • Crisis Center for Mothers and Children
  • Rights of Passage
  • Rights of Passage for Mothers and Children
  • ROPAL (Rights of Passage Apartment Living)
  • Health Services
  • Childcare
  • Counseling and Referral
  • Addiction Management
  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Educational Services
  • Job Skills Programs
  • Mental Health Services
  • Street Outreach

Executive Director

Jim Kelly