Children & Youth,
Children & Youth Services,
Homeless & Housing,
Youth Development Programs
Mission: Covenant house california (chc) is a non-profit agency whose mission is to reach out to at-risk homeless youth living on the streets and offer them hope and opportunities to turn their lives around. We help abused or neglected youth who have nowhere else to go. A large number have been thrown out of their homes while others have aged out or left the foster care system with no family, no support, and no one to turn to. Covenant house works to help homeless and runaway youth escape the streets forever and transition to a life with stable housing, a solid educational foundation, and sustained employment. Our strategy to achieve that goal is to find homeless and runaway youth, help them come in off the streets, and provide them the services they need to overcome their challenges. We find these youth through our street outreach program, or through our crisis hotline, or even when they just walk in to our 24/7 crisis centers because they've heard of us through our many contacts and relations
Target demographics: 18 to 21 year olds
Geographic areas served: Southern California
Programs: Shelter and crisis care program - the organization provides crisis care, shelter, food, clothing, and counseling to abandoned and runaway youths in the los angeles area. With 64 beds in los angeles and 18 beds in the bay area, the focus of the crisis shelters is on providing immediate needs such as a safe environment, a warm bed, food and clothing. This allows a youth the chance to work with a case manager in creating a case plan that will help move them toward independent living.
rights of passage/supportive apartment - provides transitional home services for up to 18 months for youths, which include education, job placement, and housing. In our transitional living program, a youth takes the initial steps in living independently. To qualify for the program, a youth must be in school or working full-time. If working, they are required to put a portion of their wages into savings. In addition, the transitional living program offers classes for basic life skills such as cooking, banking, money management, health issues and communication. Our los angeles campus has 24 beds for this program and the bay area has twelve. Additionally, covenant house california has five off-site apartments that house ten youth who are in the final steps of living independently. The youth pay a portion of the rent and bills while still having the "safety net" of chc. If needed, they are given guidance and support from our staff (currently only available in los angeles).
community service center - provides comprehensive services to youths who left covenant house crisis center, and other youths in the community who need support to maintain themselves in stable living situations. Services provided include substance abuse counseling and employment skills training.