Please review our most frequently asked questions below. If you’re still in need of assistance or have other questions please use the contact us form below. Thank you!
Why is Sleep Out America on a weeknight? Can I Sleep Out on a different day?
Homeless kids have no choice when they spend a night sleeping outside. They often have to wake up after a night on the street and go to school or work.
Sleep Out is meant to be an act of solidarity, not a slumber party. We know that going through your regular routine after a difficult and uncomfortable night 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.
If you are unable to participate on November 16, we do encourage you to Sleep Out on another day. Materials and content from Thursday night will be accessible online, and our team remains available to provide any additional assistance.
Is there a Sleep Out in my area, or am I supposed to do this alone?
Sleep Out America can be a meaningful experience whether you’re with a large group in a public park, a couple of family members or friends at a school, or alone in your backyard. Our Participant Dashboard provides you with materials and resources to help you prepare for your Sleep Out and plan your night, and we know that everyone’s Sleep Out will be unique.
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.”
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 invite individual participants who are registered in the area to join. We’ll also promote them on our Facebook page, which is a great place to connect with people Sleeping Out in your area and across the country!
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 homeless young people, 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 a million homeless and trafficked young people. Nearly 2,000 young people will sleep in a Covenant House bed each night, in 31 cities across the country, 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. Learn more about Covenant House.