Every Year, More Than 2 Million Kids in America Will Face a Period of Homelessness

Behind the face of every homeless young person is another heartbreaking story–a teenage boy abused by his alcoholic parent, a pregnant girl rejected by her guardian, or a teenager trying to escape gang membership or a life of forced prostitution.

In case after case, the main cause of youth homelessness is physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse from parents or guardians.

The facts about homelessness are staggering…but acknowledging the depth of the problem is the first step in fixing it.
Hunger:  57% of homeless kids spend at least one day every month without food.

Human Trafficking:  In the United States, as many as 20,000 kids are forced into prostitution by human trafficking networks every year.

Violence:  According to a study of youth shelters, nearly 50% reported intense conflict or pysical harm by a family member as a major contributing factor to their homelessness.

Foster Care:  More than 25% of former foster children–who have been in foster care because of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect–become homeless within two to four years of leaving the system.

Lack of Education:  50% of adolescents aging out of foster care and juvenile justice systems will be homeless within six months because they are unprepared to live independently and have limited education.

Addiction:  In one study, 6% of Covenant House kids reported that someone in their family used drugs regularly.


That’s why Covenant House works day and night to provide shelter and support for kids who have endured lives of abuse, neglect, and homelessness.

In 2014, Covenant House Pennsylvania provided services to almost 2,500 of these kids. Our Crisis Center residential program cared for more than 500 youth, and our outreach team served just under 2,000 kids in every zip code in Philadelphia.