Our commitment to helping our youth does not end after they have left our programs. One of the greatest challenges for our young people is finding safe, stable housing when they leave. In January 2014, Covenant House was awarded an annual contract from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to provide leasing assistance for 27 CHNY residents. The “New Covenant” Leasing program provides a housing subsidy that enables residents with diagnosed mental health illness to afford their very own apartment. Residents are supported by on-site case management and a housing supervisor that acts as the liaison to the landlord.
In April 2015, New Covenant placed its 27th resident in housing and currently supports a waiting list of 10 residents. Jacob was one of the fortunate applicants that secured his own apartment. In and out of shelters for more than a year, Jacob came to Covenant House hoping for an opportunity towards a brighter future. Covenant House helped him find his footing, be independent and never give up. Now employed full-time at Duane Reade, Jacob graduated our program in November 2014 and was placed in housing that he says provides him, "a place of security and independence. It feels good to have independence."