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Helping Youth Facing Homelessness and Human Trafficking

We provide immediate shelter and care for youth age 18-21. We also provide an array of services to promote resilience to enable our clients to transition to independent living.

We provide immediate shelter and care for youth age 18-21. We also provide an array of services to promote resilience to enable our clients to transition to independent living.

We provide immediate shelter and care for youth age 18-21. We also provide services to promote resilience so our youth transition successfully to independent living.

I'm a Youth in Need of Help

We're open 24/7, 365 days a year to all youth facing homelessness age 18-21.
I Want to Help CHNJ
Donate, Sleep Out, Volunteer...We have many ways for you or your group to help.
I Want to Learn More About the Problem
We are a learning organization dedicated to improving services to homeless and trafficked youth through our action research tank (CHART).

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What’s Happening at CHNJ


The Problem – Understanding the Circumstances of Homeless and Trafficked Youth Who Find Us

Homelessness happens for a range of reasons. Youth who are homeless find themselves disconnected from the necessary supports and systems that we may take for granted. Parental or adult support is often missing or abusive. Many of our youth have been part of systems such as foster care that can perpetuate their trauma.

Homeless and trafficked youth suffer disproportionately from trauma, sexual and physical abuse, involvement in the foster care system, domestic violence, mental health challenges, and life on the street.

Youth Facts
CHNJ
Profile of Our Youth
32% victims of domestic violence
36% foster care history
33% justice system issues
36% mental health challenges
7% victims of trafficking
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NIGHTS OF HOUSING PROVIDED
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PERCENT OF YOUTH ENGAGED IN RESILIENCE BUILDING ACTIVITIES
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YOUTH SERVED
Source: CHNJ FY21 Impact Report

We serve youth between 18 to 21 years old – a critical time for intervention, and a chance to change a young person’s life through the services we provide.

To better address the homeless and trafficked youth we serve, we have established CHART – Covenant House Action and Research Tank. CHART aims to contribute practical, evidence-based, and client-centered program approaches to regional and national dialogues about homelessness and trafficking. You can learn more about the work we’re doing at CHART by clicking here.

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