Covenant House


Covenant House is the largest privately-funded childcare agency in the United States providing shelter and service to homeless and runaway youth. It was incorporated in New York City in 1972 and has since expanded in the United States to Anchorage, Atlanta, Atlantic City, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, New Orleans, Oakland, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Washington, D. C., and, outside the United States, to Toronto, Vancouver, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Nicaragua.

This organization is a nonprofit. Contributions to it are fully tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

Contact information

Mailing address:
5 Penn Plaza 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10001-0001


Phone: (212) 727-4155


Organization details

EIN: 132725416

CEO/President: Sister Patricia A. Cruise, D.C.

Chairman: Mr. Brian D. McAuley

Board size: 18


Year founded: 1968

Tax deductible: Yes

Fiscal year end: 06/30

Member of ECFA: No

Member of ECFA since:


We've been opening our doors to homeless kids since 1972 - now standing as a powerful human rights movement for vulnerable youth in 31 cities across six countries. In addition to food, shelter, clothing and crisis care, Covenant House provides a variety of services to homeless youth including health care, education, vocational preparation, drug abuse treatment and prevention programs, legal services, recreation, mother/child programs, transitional living programs, street outreach and aftercare. Covenant House provides residential and non-residential services to youth. Our comprehensive program model builds a life-affirming bridge for young people by engaging youth on the street (Street Outreach) providing no-barrier, safe, short-term housing to meet their immediate needs (Immediate Care), and longer-term transitional housing (Rights of Passage) to assist those who are ready for more independent living.

Mission statement

"We who recognize God's providence and fidelity to His people are dedicated to living out His covenant among ourselves and those children we serve, with absolute respect and unconditional love. That commitment calls us to serve suffering children of the street, and to protect and safeguard all children. Just as Christ in His humanity is the visible sign of God's presence among His people, so our efforts together in the covenant community are a visible sign that effects the presence of God, working through the Holy Spirit among ourselves and our kids."

Statement of faith

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Financial efficiency ratings

Sector: Relief and Development

CategoryRatingOverall rankSector rank
Overall efficiency rating630 of 66463 of 68
Fund acquisition rating536 of 66655 of 68
Resource allocation rating509 of 66656 of 68
Asset utilization rating612 of 66459 of 68

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$15,539,400$13,864,074$13,515,210$12,481,882$11,166,286
Short-term investments$62,575,353$56,603,933$65,399,992$52,239,069$50,964,914
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$0
Total current assets$103,021,840$94,657,215$98,826,757$86,948,867$83,739,088
Long-term investments$16,613,823$17,455,756$0$2,743,841$3,952,076
Fixed assets$161,543,849$134,011,675$127,540,199$127,211,837$130,307,844
Other long-term assets$38,518,012$34,953,653$31,465,523$29,857,288$26,847,599
Total long-term assets$216,675,684$186,421,084$159,005,722$159,812,966$161,107,519
Total assets$319,697,524$281,078,299$257,832,479$246,761,833$244,846,607
Payables and accrued expenses$19,895,793$15,359,903$14,657,891$15,400,615$13,205,108
Other current liabilities$7,867,456$9,917,217$9,612,347$10,043,274$9,370,737
Total current liabilities$27,763,249$25,277,120$24,270,238$25,443,889$22,575,845
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$19,662,342$45,587,318$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193
Total long-term liabilities$69,702,596$48,237,856$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193
Total liabilities$97,465,845$73,514,976$85,355,079$86,385,253$71,903,038
Net assets20192018201720162015
Temporarily restricted$61,472,728$43,016,791$31,426,846$19,230,810$11,654,964
Permanently restricted$0$9,235,824$9,329,039$9,130,192$7,108,196
Net assets$222,231,679$207,563,323$172,477,400$160,376,580$172,943,569
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$194,641,050$183,408,062$163,251,984$150,745,250$142,238,323
Program service revenue$3,960,909$3,356,970$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,217,385$3,446,729$4,696,911$723,159$722,813
Other revenue$9,080,426$8,645,053$11,598,082$9,497,692$11,564,976
Total other revenue$16,258,720$15,448,752$16,294,993$10,220,851$12,287,789
Total revenue$210,899,770$198,856,814$179,546,977$160,966,101$154,526,112
Program services$151,171,814$142,627,228$132,103,247$128,539,798$122,943,424
Management and general$20,389,741$17,049,931$18,602,492$18,058,847$16,367,904
Total expenses$194,535,624$182,625,212$171,759,814$169,008,559$160,884,596
Change in net assets20192018201720162015
Surplus (deficit)$16,364,146$16,231,602$7,787,163($8,042,458)($6,358,484)
Other changes in net assets($1,695,790)$18,854,321$4,313,657($6,799,508)($9,463,242)
Total change in net assets$14,668,356$35,085,923$12,100,820($14,841,966)($15,821,726)

Response from ministry

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Program accomplishments

Covenant House has reached over a million boys and girls since opening, averaging around 74,000 youth each year.