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 rating392 of 43958 of 62
Fund acquisition rating355 of 43952 of 62
Resource allocation rating289 of 43950 of 62
Asset utilization rating370 of 43952 of 62

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Balance sheet
Receivables, inventories, prepaids$13,864,074$13,515,210$12,481,882$11,166,286$8,284,543
Short-term investments$56,603,933$65,399,992$52,239,069$50,964,914$50,186,846
Other current assets$0$0$0$0$3,319,206
Total current assets$94,657,215$98,826,757$86,948,867$83,739,088$85,712,472
Long-term investments$17,455,756$0$2,743,841$3,952,076$3,410,082
Fixed assets$134,011,675$127,540,199$127,211,837$130,307,844$137,481,064
Other long-term assets$34,953,653$31,465,523$29,857,288$26,847,599$26,440,388
Total long-term assets$186,421,084$159,005,722$159,812,966$161,107,519$167,331,534
Total assets$281,078,299$257,832,479$246,761,833$244,846,607$253,044,006
Payables and accrued expenses$15,359,903$14,657,891$15,400,615$13,205,108$11,449,693
Other current liabilities$9,917,217$9,612,347$10,043,274$9,370,737$9,469,670
Total current liabilities$25,277,120$24,270,238$25,443,889$22,575,845$20,919,363
Due to (from) affiliates$0$0$0$0$0
Other long-term liabilities$45,587,318$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193$12,264,581
Total long-term liabilities$48,237,856$61,084,841$60,941,364$49,327,193$43,359,348
Total liabilities$73,514,976$85,355,079$86,385,253$71,903,038$64,278,711
Net assets20182017201620152014
Temporarily restricted$43,016,791$31,426,846$19,230,810$11,654,964$10,508,473
Permanently restricted$9,235,824$9,329,039$9,130,192$7,108,196$7,094,690
Net assets$207,563,323$172,477,400$160,376,580$172,943,569$188,765,295
Revenues and expenses
Total contributions$183,408,062$163,251,984$150,745,250$142,238,323$141,535,777
Program service revenue$3,356,970$0$0$0$0
Membership dues$0$0$0$0$0
Investment income$3,446,729$4,696,911$723,159$722,813$5,080,582
Other revenue$8,645,053$11,598,082$9,497,692$11,564,976$11,366,321
Total other revenue$15,448,752$16,294,993$10,220,851$12,287,789$16,446,903
Total revenue$198,856,814$179,546,977$160,966,101$154,526,112$157,982,680
Program services$142,627,228$132,103,247$128,539,798$122,943,424$114,771,014
Management and general$17,049,931$18,602,492$18,058,847$16,367,904$20,297,906
Total expenses$182,625,212$171,759,814$169,008,559$160,884,596$157,401,827
Change in net assets20182017201620152014
Surplus (deficit)$16,231,602$7,787,163($8,042,458)($6,358,484)$580,853
Other changes in net assets$18,854,321$4,313,657($6,799,508)($9,463,242)($2,072,749)
Total change in net assets$35,085,923$12,100,820($14,841,966)($15,821,726)($1,491,896)

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.