The YEAH! shelter is open seven nights a week all
year round. It is staffed each night by 2 trained supervisors and a team of
volunteers. Youth in the program are served a hot dinner and breakfast in the
morning. They sleep on mats with fresh sheets. Clean socks and underwear are
provided when available. They have access to a shower nightly. Pets are
accommodated. The shelter capacity is 30 beds.
Some of the youth have been reunited with family or moved into permanent housing. In addition, we provide medical referrals and on-site therapy. We also work closely with Berkeley Mental Health, Lifelong Medical Clinic, the Homeless Action Center, Suitcase Clinic and other local agencies.
Through our Clinical Day Program, YEAH! provides intensive case management and counseling to a select group. Participants meet regularly with a trained clinician. Together they set goals and chart a path to their preferred lives. Youth are helped to find employment, to secure permanent, affordable housing, to return to (or stay in) school, and to learn to utilize community resources. They also help getting benefits and dealing with the legal system.
- SAFE HAVEN
Our emergency shelter programs, where CHC immediately provides for youths’ basic human needs and urgent medical care. They receive a nutritious meal, take a shower with new personal care products, receive new clothes, and sleep in a warm, safe bed. They are then connected to supportive services that will help them thrive.
- RIGHTS OF PASSAGE
CHC’s transitional housing program allows young people to refine their independent living skills. For up to two years, they live on campus healing from the trauma they suffered on the streets. They learn to save money and budget to pay rent, utilities and other necessities. They save their money for their first apartment and focus on earning a living wage. During this time, they heal from the trauma they endured on the streets as they learn life skills, focus on earning a living wage, and save up money for their first apartment.
- SUPPORTIVE APARTMENT PROGRAM
Youth with a higher level of life skills are placed into our Supportive Apartment program, which provides financial assistance to youth living in off-campus apartments. During their stay CHC provides an ever-lowering percentage of their rent until they are paying the full amount. Youth in this program are responsible for the rest of their bills and personal expenses and are continuing to have access to all CHC’s supportive services.
- H20 HOPE2OPPORTUNITY
H20 is CHC’s Rapid Re-Housing program which features short-term housing assistance along with all CHC’s supportive services. Case managers work with youth and local landlords to find appropriate apartments, then assist youth with move-in costs, rental assistance, and weekly case management to ensure success. After two years youth take over their apartment leases.
- YEAH! YOUTH ENGAGEMENT ADVOCACY HOUSING - A PROGRAM OF COVENANT HOUSE CALIFORNIA
Our emergency shelter program in Berkeley, CA provides low-barrier access for youth experiencing homelessness. We provide basic necessities, offer case management and counseling, links to education, employment and housing, and opportunities for meaningful community involvement.
- STREET OUTREACH
Our Street Outreach teams in Los Angeles and the East Bay actively seek out young people experiencing homelessness who may need help. The team assists with critical safety needs by providing transportation to a safe shelter. Young people living on the streets can receive food, water, hygiene kits, warm clothing, blankets, counseling, and referrals to needed services such as medical care and employment and education services. Most importantly, our Street Outreach Program shows youth that they are cared for, and worth being pursued.
- DAY OUTREACH
Youth receive a nutritious meal, take a hot shower, receive hygiene products, and get new clothing and shoes. They can request and receive medical and mental health services, case management services, and take part in education and employment programs.
- DROP-IN CENTER
For many reasons, not all youth experiencing homelessness are ready or able to be housed. Often, there are not enough beds in the community to house them. For these youth, our Oakland site offers a Drop-In Center where young people can rest during the day, can shower, get a meal, do laundry, have internet access, as well as access to day-programming, case management and referrals to additional services.
- MEDICAL & MENTAL HEALTH
CHC provides valuable medical and mental health services for youth experiencing homelessness. In Oakland, youth receive care through a mobile clinic that comes to the shelter and connection with a local FQHC. Youth can receive physical exams, urgent care, immunizations, and TB screenings. CHC also provides treatment for chronic health issues, HIV/STD counseling, and helps youth apply for Medi-Cal. Mental Health services are provided by both Licensed LCSWs or MFTs, as well as LCSW and MFT interns.
- CAREER SERVICES
Our employment specialists provide career case management, teach youth how to find job openings, apply, interview, dress and behave in the workplace. CHC offers on- and offsite internship programs that allow youth to gain verifiable work experience and earn a small stipend. Youth can access a professional clothing closet and transportation assistance through this program as well.
- EDUCATION SERVICES
Our education specialists provide education case management, helping youth complete or continue their education. Youth can receive tutoring, mentoring, access to a computer lab, study for their GED, or learn English as a Second Language
- SPIRITUAL MINISTRY
Welcoming those of all faiths, our Spiritual Ministry program aims to provide not only opportunities for our residents to experience and explore spiritual growth. It also provides the opportunity for our staff, volunteers, and youth to experience the reward of giving back to others in need. Spiritual ministry services also assist youth who have a strong faith background or are seeking meaning for their life through spiritual exploration and growth.