OUR HISTORY

    Covenant House California is an affiliate of Covenant House International. Covenant House International has houses in more than 30 cities across the United States, Canada and Latin America.

    1988 VOLUNTEER STREET TEAM

    Covenant House California started as a team of volunteers in 1988 in Hollywood providing food, services, and a sense of being valued to youth on the streets. Their aim was to connect youth to a network of community resources with a goal of helping them move into stable housing situations.

    1996 LOS ANGELES FACILITY

    After eight years of hard work, thanks to government funding, the donations of kind individuals, and support from foundations, CHC opened its Los Angeles Residential Center to provide the best services possible for Hollywood’s youth experiencing homelessness. The 36,000 square foot facility is located in Hollywood and features a Safe Haven Shelter with 60 beds, a Transitional Living Center with 24 beds, a medical clinic, cafeteria, and recreation space.

    1998 BAY AREA STREET OUTREACH

    Eager to expand its mission to bring love and hope to youth in crisis, CHC launched an innovative Street Outreach program in west and north Oakland targeting at-risk, economically disadvantaged youth. In 2003, CHC – Bay Area implemented a Winter Shelter Program. In 2005, the agency purchased a building in Oakland’s Jack London Square featuring a Crisis Center with 18 beds, a Transitional Living Center with 12 beds, and a Career Center.

    2016 YEAH! SHELTER MERGER

    On July 1, 2016 YEAH! and Covenant House California announced a merger of their respective programs for homeless youth. The merger expanded both programs’ continuums of care, and collectively provided more robust and sustainable services for homeless youth in the East Bay. With the merger, the agency now has approximately 70 beds dedicated to Transitional Aged Youth (TAY) in the East Bay, making it the largest provider of homeless youth services in the East Bay.

    OUR VALUES

    Immediacy
    Covenant House immediately meets the basic needs of youth experiencing homelessness through a nourishing meal, a shower, clean clothes, medical attention, and a safe place to sleep.
    Sanctuary
    Covenant House provides a safe haven from the hardships of homelessness. We recognize the fundamental worth of every human being, and create a safe setting where all youth – regardless of life experience or identity – are served without judgement.
    Value Communication
    Covenant House leads by example to demonstrate that caring relationships are based on love, trust, respect, and honesty.
    Structure
    Covenant House provides the stability and structure necessary to build a positive future.
    Choice
    Covenant House fosters confidence; encouraging young people to believe in themselves and make informed choices for their lives.