Crisis Care & Stable Housing

24/7 Emergency Crisis Center

24 hours a day, young people are welcomed with no questions asked, and have their immediate needs met.

We treat them with unconditional love and absolute respect. No matter how full we are, or how limited our funds, there is always room for one more. 

  • 47% find safe and stable housing, including reunification with loving family
  • 95% receive mental and behavioral health services
  • 72% of those in our employment program find work or enter a job training program

Living in Our Crisis Center

When youth walk through our doors, we provide a hot meal, clothes, a bed, caring staff ─ and so much more.

Our first goal is to reunite kids with family. All too often, that is not a viable option. So our case managers and counselors help them find jobs and housing, important steps in the transition to independent living.

Individual medical care is provided on site within 72 hours by the  Tulane Adolescent Drop-in Clinic.

For many kids, treatment for behavioral/mental health issues and substance abuse is critically important, and licensed professionals are available on site to help them.

A personalized case plan is developed with each youth.

We enroll our kids in a variety of skill building classes based on their educational/vocational assessments. Literacy and HiSET prep classes are provided by community partners. We offer job readiness and placement assistance, and training programs like Cafe Reconcile and Liberty’s Kitchen.

For our young moms, we offer additional assistance with childcare and pre-school.

We work with our residents every step of the way.

Once they are working, they save 80% of each paycheck. Then, when they have enough money, we help our young people locate affordable apartments.

We help our residents to develop the tools they need to live independently, and our aftercare support continues as long as they need us.

Rights of Passage Transitional Living Program (ROP)

Program Overview

Highly motivated residents can apply to ROP, where we provide on-campus housing, counseling, and mentoring while residents work, save, and advance their education.

  • Residents attend school and work between 50 to 55 hours a week
  • 40% of their income is saved and 20% goes to food and rent
  • We provide 24/7 case management and counseling while they build skills and resources for independent living
  • Together, the ROP community creates a weekly budget for meals and cooks dinner together in their communal kitchen

Rights of Passage Successes

As the number of residents in our “University for Street Kids” has grown, so has its success rate. In 2016, we had 76 Rights of Passage residents with remarkable achievements.

  • 90% graduated and lived independently while working and furthering their education
  • 88% secured sustainable employment
  • 99% received physical and behavioral health care as part of their wellness plan

Independent Living

Off-Site Apartments

Covenant House helps residents move into their own apartments by offering three main services:

  • Housing Identification: helping young people find appropriate and affordable housing on their own or with a family member or friend
  • Rent and Move-In Assistance: offering financial assistance (on a sliding scale) for 10 months to help youth and families establish their independence
  • Case Management and Services: meetings with staff on a bi-weekly basis to help our young people acquire and maintain off-site housing

Supportive Housing

For our youth and young parents with a diagnosed disability, we offer supportive housing. We provide programs directly, while also linking youth to community and neighborhood resources. Services provided by Covenant House include:

  • Physical health and mental health care
  • Job and education assistance
  • Supportive services
  • Financial assistance