Covenant House Encouraged By Increased Attention Towards Youth Homelessness

May 26, 2011,  Vancouver, BC.  Covenant House Vancouver is pleased that the 2011 Homeless Count included a specialized strategy for counting homeless young people. “With more attention and resources directed towards enumerating homeless youth, the count continues to become more accurate and provides an informative snap shot of a single day on the streets.” says Krista Thompson, Executive Director.

The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee’s increased focus on homeless youth signals a genuine interest in and concern for the plight of homeless young people, the  majority of whom have fled unsafe situations for life on the streets. Covenant House Vancouver has been helping thousands of young people in their efforts to leave the streets since 1997.  Specifically, in the last 12 months:

May 26, 2011,  Vancouver, BC.  Covenant House Vancouver is pleased that the 2011 Homeless Count included a specialized strategy for counting homeless young people. “With more attention and resources directed towards enumerating homeless youth, the count continues to become more accurate and provides an informative snap shot of a single day on the streets.” says Krista Thompson, Executive Director.

The Greater Vancouver Regional Steering Committee’s increased focus on homeless youth signals a genuine interest in and concern for the plight of homeless young people, the  majority of whom have fled unsafe situations for life on the streets. Covenant House Vancouver has been helping thousands of young people in their efforts to leave the streets since 1997.  Specifically, in the last 12 months:

  • 530 youth have stayed in our Crisis Shelter
  • our street outreach team connected with 600 youth
  • 1100 youth visited our Drop-In program and
  • 35 youth gained independence through our Rights of Passage Program (semi-independent living).

“The more accurate information we have, the better equipped we are as an organization to make a real difference for our young people” said Thompson.

Covenant House Vancouver offers a continuum of care for homeless and runaway youth aged 16 – 24.  Almost entirely privately funded, we offer shelter, food, clothing, counselling, life skills and mental health supports. We also go out onto the street at night to make contacts with young people who need our help.  Open 24 hours a day, Covenant House is often a young person’s first positive step in the search for a healthy life.