We Need You!
Covenant House California is ACTIVELY serving nearly 5,000 youth a year who are experiencing homelessness across the state in Los Angeles, Oakland, and Berkeley. Simultaneously, there are over 10,000 youth experiencing homelessness, each night in CA, who don’t have a safe place to sleep. Their need for shelter, sustenance, medical attention, sanctuary, and support has not quelled in the midst of social distancing and the shuttering of non-essential businesses; IT HAS DRASTICALLY INCREASED.
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These things are impacting our work during this crisis:
+ We are seeing massive increases in the number of unhoused young people who are approaching our vans and drop-in center programs across the state.
+ Some of our staff have underlying conditions that could be made worse by exposure to this virus. Because equity is a cornerstone of our approach, the staff who are able to work are being paid overtime while we are providing paid sick leave for those who must remain at home and are unable to work frontline activities.
+ We operate four shelters, and three of them are equipped with clinics. Though the clinics do have some COVID-19 tests, and critical medical supplies, there is nowhere near the stock of resources if most of our youth are impacted.
+ Our counselors are working double-time to ensure that youth who are scared are enveloped with love and support and reinforcing their inherent strengths that fuel healthy coping mechanisms – mechanisms that will prevent returns to homelessness.
+ We are not willing to stand by and watch youth who are living in their first apartment, through our Rapid Rehousing program, lose everything as a result of their work stoppage or shortage. As a result, we are paying their rent – or whatever portion of their rent that they cannot afford.
+ A significant majority of our youth had lost their employment, just one week into the pandemic. This has created the need for additional food and staffing costs on our campuses, as well as the need to have increased programming on our sites, to ensure that youth are being constructive, and staying healthy, during this time, where employment prospects are very low for them.
We will not stop doing this work. Please consider making a gift, that will be tripled, up to $20,000! We invite you to make a donation that will impact even more youth who you need you now, more than ever!