Covenant House

Covenant House Washington provides youth (ages 18-24) food, shelter, clothing, educational and vocational services, counseling, life skills education, recreation, and child care.  All services are provided at no cost to the youth.  Youth in need of day care are assisted in accessing community resources to meet their financial needs.

Covenant House Washington is the local affiliate of Covenant House, an international 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to protecting and safeguarding homeless and at-risk youth.  CHW is guided by the principles of Immediacy, Sanctuary, Values Communication, Structure, and Choice.  We meet the basic needs of youth on the streets – shelter, food, and clothing. Since 1995, CHW has developed innovative programs to address the root causes of youth homelessness in the District of Columbia.  Our services include: street and community outreach, emergency shelter, transitional living, permanent supportive housing, case management, educational enhancement and development, life skills learning, vocational development/training, and counseling.  These programs and services are designed to assist youth on a path toward self-sufficiency and self-improvement.

Our residential services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to youth in need.  Youth can access employment, education, and day-care services Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm. Our Street Outreach team rides the streets of DC and the metropolitan areas five days a week, letting disconnected youth know of our presence.

We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids.

Street Outreach is Covenant House Washington's first line of communication with young people who are in need of services.  As they have for more than a decade, CHW's Mobile Outreach Support Team rides the streets of D.C. and the metropolitan areas, letting disconnected youth know of CHW’s presence.  The Outreach Team offers youth food, refreshments, clothing, hygiene supplies...

Covenant House Washington operates a Crisis Center which offers immediate short-term shelter to homeless youth (ages 18-21) who lack a safe place to lay their heads at night.  CHW’s shelter is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to provide youth shelter, food, clothing and support.



Rights of Passage (ROP) provides 12 to 24 months of transitional, supportive apartment living and services that address the long-term needs of at-risk youth ages 18-21.  The goals of ROP are to break the cycle of homelessness and to help each youth achieve self-sufficiency.




Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH) provides housing and support services to youth (ages 18-24) who have special needs such as mental health issues, HIV/AIDS, domestic violence, and substance abuse.




WRET offers a comprehensive set of services and support so that youth (ages 18-24) achieve work readiness and begin on their path to employment and self-sufficiency.  Youth are able to work with CHW’s Job Development Specialists to identify possible career paths and to develop "soft skills" that are needed to obtain and maintain employment.  WRET offers both Adult...

The Child Development Center allows parenting youth to leave their infants and toddlers in a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment so they can pursue employment, education and skills training.  The Center is under the careful guidance of CHW’s certified staff and has a capacity for sixteen children from six week to three years old.



Covenant House Washington offers a “Prevention Services Youth Center,” a free after school program for youth in grades 5 to 9 every Monday through Friday from 3:30-6:30 pm.

Youth can benefit from homework help, community service hours, peer leadership programs, media arts programs, and more.  Free snacks/meals provided.

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Contact Information

Covenant House Washington
2001 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Phone: 202-610-9600

Youth in crisis should call the emergency hotline: The NineLine: 1-800-999-9999