Everyone deserves a safe place to sleep.
4.2 million youth face homelessness each year. Each of them has a story, a dream, and a future — one that they can build with the support and care from staff at Covenant House.
Sleep Out participants have invested in and advocated for these futures, raising more than $90 million to house, care for, and empower young people overcoming homelessness at Covenant House. Over the last 10 years, Covenant House expanded to six new cities and shelters more than 2,000 young people every night.
These young people — our young people — have been the stars of Sleep Out since the beginning. They welcomed communities into their House, shared their stories, and built bridges of connection and understanding between communities of all kinds. With each dream they shared, they reminded us that they are more than their pasts: they are the future.
The funds raised through Sleep Out are a lifeline for youth overcoming homelessness. And the movement includes companies, students, young professionals, executives, influencers, and individuals from across the continent. Collectively, our community has spent more than 33,000 nights on the street in solidarity with young people facing homelessness. Every night sends a clear message to our youth that they are not alone.
COVID-19 didn’t stop Covenant House or Sleep Out.
When the world closed under the threat of coronavirus, Covenant House remained open 24/7 for young people in need of shelter and safety. Our team leapt into action, adapting intake and safety protocols, creating isolation spaces out of classrooms, fostering togetherness from six feet apart, providing a safety net to youth who found themselves unable to work, and standing with youth as they dealt with tragedy and confronted inequity that the virus laid bare.
In March 2020, our community came together on a virtual livestream before giving up their beds for the night. Dozens of virtual Sleep Outs followed, and, since you no longer had to be near a Covenant House to Sleep Out, the movement grew.
As housing has become healthcare and rates of unemployment and homelessness continue to rise, the care that Covenant House provides has never been more critical. What remains the same? That every young person deserves a safe place to sleep and space to dream.