Covenant House

- For 19-year-old Myles, who showed off his contemporary dance moves, life wasn't always this upbeat. Two years ago, Myles became homeless as a result of personal family struggles. He says he was lucky to find his way to the West Side of Manhattan and make a home for himself at Covenant House.

Covenant house is a nonprofit homeless shelter for teens and young adults under 21. It is also a haven for single moms and their kids. The organization started more than four decades ago at this location. The majority of its funding comes from private donations.

Covenant House Senior Vice President Tod Monaghan said the goal of the program is to help the residents work on themselves through counseling and job training and to eventually leave and become productive members of the community.

Kimberly, 20, is another resident. She is a dancer, too. She tried to show me her moves while informing me that just a short time ago she was sleeping on the Coney Island boardwalk. Life is different now. She has a place to sleep, she eats, and she meets new people every day.

Covenant house has about 360 beds. But the organization says it is not nearly enough. They're hoping more funding can bring more beds and expansion. They say they get about a dozen calls and walk-ins every day from youth looking for shelter. 

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