Incorporated in New York City in 1972, Covenant House has facilities in 20 cities throughout the United States, Canada, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua. Covenant House also operates crisis hotlines in the United States (Covenant House NINELINE) and Mexico (Acercatel). In addition, Covenant House and its member sites are leading advocates on behalf of street youth at local, state, national and international levels of government. Covenant House is a member of the Non-Government Organization (NGO) Board of Directors of UNICEF and has taken on a prominent role in The Campaign for U.S. Ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC.)
In addition to food, shelter, clothing and immediate crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless, runaway and throwaway youth including medical care, educational and vocational programs, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal aid services, recreation programs, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, life-skills training and street outreach.
Covenant House provided residential and non-residential services to more than 70,000 youth in fiscal year 2008. Residential and Community Service Center programs cared for 29,922 while Covenant House Street Outreach teams served an additional 40,453 homeless and at-risk youth on the streets in the 20 cities where Covenant House operates facilities.