Vision and Mission

Each year in the United States, as many as 2 million youth experience homelessness of some kind, and every year, more than 5,000 of these young people lose their lives to the streets.

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 1,900 young adult ages 16-24 annually with an operating budget of over 25 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.

Covenant House New York's mission is to help each young person find safety and refuge from the dangers of living on the streets. We do this through compassion, unconditional love and absolute respect.

Our Mission and Vision Are Governed by Five Basic Principles
  • Immediacy
    Covenant House immediately meets the basic needs of youth experiencing homelessness through a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep.
  • Sanctuary
    Covenant House provides a safe haven from the hardships of homelessness. We recognize the fundamental worth of every human being, and create a safe setting where all youth - regardless of life experience or identity - are served without judgment.
  • Value Communication
    Covenant House leads by example to demonstrate that caring relationships are based on love, trust, respect, and honesty.
  • Structure
    Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
  • Choice
    Covenant House fosters confidence; encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.

Covenant House New York Mission Statement:

We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.