For over 45 years, Covenant House New York (CHNY) has been a leader in providing residential services to vulnerable homeless, runaway and exploited youth. As the largest provider of runaway and homeless youth services in New York City, CHNY serves nearly 1,800 young adults aged 16-24 annually with an operating budget of over 24 million dollars. Our doors are open to all young people who need help, regardless of their race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression. We facilitate our services using trauma-informed principles and provide a holistic approach to young people who are attempting to leave the streets and achieve independence. We also advocate for systemic change by influencing public policy and promoting awareness of critical issues related to young people experiencing homelessness.
More than just a place to stay, CHNY meets the immediate needs of youth we serve by providing housing at our Youth Shelter which is open 24 hours, every day of the year, 3 meals each day in our cafeteria, laundry, clothing and toiletries as needed, and 24/7 case management services. In addition, our continuum of care includes a wide array of holistic supportive programming including an onsite Federally Qualified Health Clinic; full-time psychiatric and psychological services; a Day Treatment Program; employment and education services including onsite GED and vocational classes; legal services; an anti-human trafficking unit to provide expert support to affected youth; and a wide array of youth development activities including onsite recreational and fitness programming and offsite trips. Our shelter, transitional living programs, and wraparound services provide homeless and runaway youth a safe haven from the dangers of the street, and provides them with the necessary skills, training and emotional support to develop into self-sufficient adults.
CHNY’s main site is at West 41st Street in Manhattan, and we are opening new sites in the Bronx in the coming year. CHNY will also soon be launching data-driven initiatives including a new array of trainings for all staff and the implementation of evidence-based and other proven social service models within our programs.