Covenant House provides holistic care for young people experiencing homelessness, including young families experiencing homelessness and, particularly, young moms and their babies. Read on to learn why that matters. And if you are a young person in need of care, see below how we can help; then visit the Our Houses pages on this website to find a Covenant House near you.
Pregnancy and parenting are common among young people facing homelessness, more so than among their stably housed peers.
About 44 percent of young women and 18 percent of young men, ages 18-25, who face homelessness report being a parent or pregnant. Each year, hundreds of thousands of children—up to 1.1 million in the U.S. in 2017—live with a young mom or, less frequently, a young dad who is homeless.
It is common for young people facing homelessness to be sexually active, including those who practice survival sex or are trafficked for sex, and they are at higher risk of pregnancy. Knowing they have no safe, stable place to care for and raise their children compounds their already traumatic test of daily survival.
Yet, young families experiencing homelessness find there are few options for safe shelter and services for them. They need everything—food, clothing, shelter, medical care, and safety, plus education, vocational training, and life skills to achieve a secure future for themselves and their children.
Care is critical. Without it, their children are at higher risk for a range of issues, from developmental delays to repeated bouts of homelessness as they grow older, and the young parents themselves go untreated for the trauma and other issues that drove them to and have kept them homeless.
Covenant House is one of only a handful of youth homeless shelters that offer housing and holistic care to young families.
Family services typically include:
Young Family Success Stories:
More than half our young parents and their children emerge from our crisis care program to independent and stable living situations; that figure rises to more than 75 percent for those youth who journey with us from emergency care through our transitional living, Rights of Passage, program. Learn about some of our young moms and their children who transformed their lives: