Review our most frequently asked questions below. If you’re still in need of assistance or have other questions, use the contact us form below. Thank you!
Where do I Sleep Out?
Unlike traditional events, Sleep Out America is a Do-It-Yourself program where you choose your own location (somewhere safe and legal!) and plan a Sleep Out at your own pace.
Many of our participants Sleep Out in their own backyards and driveways while others Sleep Out in parking lots and grounds of businesses, schools, parks, or places of worship (note: you must get permission to Sleep Out on private property). Whether you Sleep Out on your own, with your family, or with a group, we’ll provide you with the materials and resources you need to make your Sleep Out a meaningful experience.
If you are planning to Sleep Out with a group, select “Start a Group” when you register. If someone you know has already started a group, select “Join a Group” to find it and create your page. If you’re on your own, select the option to “Participate as an Individual” (you can join a group later if you change your mind).
Unfortunately, we do not have the option to join a public group during registration. However, as we learn of groups hosting Sleep Outs that are open to the public, we’ll share them on the Sleep Out America Facebook page (which is also a great place to connect with people Sleeping Out in your area and across the country!).
Can I Sleep Out on a different day?
Yes! While Friday, November 16, 2018, is the official night for Sleep Out America, we encourage you to register even if you are unable to participate on that night. By registering, you will gain access to all our resources and materials, which you can use to plan your Sleep Out on an alternate night. Additional content will become available on November 16, but will remain accessible to registered participants through the end of the year.
If you’re concerned about going through your regular routine after a difficult and uncomfortable night, we understand. It is an added challenge, but our hope is that it’s one that encourages empathy and understanding for the incredible obstacles our resilient young people overcome. We encourage you to let your boss or teacher or friends know why you’re tired that next day, and use it as an opportunity to continue to raise awareness about Sleep Out, and the effect that having a safe place to sleep at night can have on a day.
How does sleeping outside help homeless kids?
Sleep Out America is not a night of pretend. It’s a night of vigil, to show solidarity with young people who have and are facing homelessness, grow awareness among our communities, and raise funds for Covenant House.
For more than four decades, Covenant House has offered a bridge from homelessness to hope, providing shelter, safety, and essential services to more than 1.5 million young people. Nearly 2,000 young people sleep in a Covenant House bed each night, in more than 30 cities, and the need is greater than ever. The funds raised through Sleep Out America are put to work immediately — helping us keep the lights on and doors open for kids in need, and allowing us to open new Houses and more beds to serve even more young people.