Crisis Program for Vancouver Youth - Covenant House Vancouver

Crisis Program

Our Residential Crisis Program welcomes homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

Crisis Program

At Covenant House’s Residential Crisis Program we welcome homeless, runaway and at-risk youth between the ages of 16 and 24.

When they arrive, young people are often distraught. They are scared, sick, hungry and exhausted. Our first priority is to meet their basic needs:

  • Medical attention
  • Nutritious food
  • A safe place to sleep

We provide compassion and support as caring adults, and a chance to start fresh.

There are 59 beds in our short-term Residential Crisis Program:

  • 24 beds for female-identified youth (including LGBTQ2S, gender queer, gender non-binary and self-identified young women)
  • 35 beds for male-identified youth (including LGBTQ2S, gender queer, gender non-binary and self-identified young men)

Along with safe, supported housing, young people receive food, clothing and hygiene supplies. They can also receive substance misuse counselling, treatment for mental illness and support with finding a job and a safe place to live when they leave us.

Young people can stay in the Residential Crisis Program free of charge for as long as they need to because getting through a crisis takes as long as it takes.

When out of their crisis, many young people apply to our long-term supportive transitional housing program, Rights of Passage, which allows us to provide them with support in an environment that feels like home.