For over 20 years Covenant House Vancouver has been a safe haven for homeless and at-risk youth in Vancouver.
Covenant House Vancouver opened on September 22, 1997 thanks to the support of the 7,500 donors who had been supporting Covenant House Toronto. The first night we were full (with just 12 beds) and we’ve been full ever since.
Over the last 20 years, we have seen an explosion in the number of youth presenting with serious mental health and addictions issues. Likewise, we continue to see an increase in the number of youth who have aged out of foster care (19 years old) and have nowhere to live and no source of income. Homelessness, and a lack of affordable housing, continue to be identified as major concerns by Vancouver residents.
As the City has grown, so has the number of young people needing our help. To meet the current needs of these youth and anticipating future needs as Vancouver continues to grow, Covenant House has created a redevelopment plan for an expansion of our services focused on two buildings at the intersection of Drake and Seymour.
Our first building at 1302 Seymour Street is now complete, and the youth have moved across the road into their new home. Planning, design, construction and fundraising will continue over the next few years with an anticipated completion at the end of 2021.
Now in our 22nd year of providing care to youth experiencing homelessness in Vancouver, we do so with the strength of over 130 volunteers and 50,000 donors behind us. We will continue to augment our carefully designed Continuum of Care and improve upon our services, driven by the ultimate goal shared by all Covenant House sites: that there be no youth on the street.