Our History

CHC History

Covenant House California began as a street outreach program in 1988, primarily driven by a handful of volunteers who were united in their efforts to assist the many youth found living on the streets of Hollywood. The outreach team provided food, crisis intervention, warm concern, and access to a network of community resources, aimed at getting street youth to move toward stable housing situations.

In 1996, Covenant House California celebrated the opening of its new residential center, made possible through government funding, the generosity of individual contributors, and foundations. The 36,000 sq. ft. center features a 64-bed crisis shelter, a 30-bed transitional living center, health clinic, educational and employment services, cafeteria, and recreational space, and was custom built to provide a safe and supportive environment, in which youth can gain the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social well-being to successfully transition to independent living.

To address the needs of underserved youth in the Bay Area, in 1998, Covenant House California expanded beyond its Los Angeles base, by establishing the Oakland Outreach and Community Service Center. In 2007, CHC opened its Bay Area facility in Jack London Square in Oakland. This facility features an 18-bed crisis shelter, a 12-bed transitional living center, educational and employment services, and cafeteria.

In its more than 20 year history, Covenant House California has reached out to more than 150,000 youth. Today, Covenant House California continues to reach out to thousands of youth on an annual basis; extending a vital link and real opportunities for youth to better their lives and to prevent homelessness in adulthood. Our residential programs operate at full capacity throughout the year, and our comprehensive services assist youth in developing the self-sufficiency required for independent living. 80% of our funding comes from private donations.

Covenant House California is a part of Covenant House International, a non-profit corporation which has centers in more than 20 cities in the United States, Central America, and Canada.


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