Why Sleep Out

Nearly 2 million kids in America will face homelessness this year.

They may find themsleves with no place to go after escaping years of physical abuse, a dangerous human trafficking network, a drug-addicted parent, or a house overflowing with rage.

More than 5,000 of these kids will lose their lives to the streets.

On November 16, from coast-to-coast, people just like you will step out of their homes – and their comfort zones – to sleep outside in support of those who have no choice. Sleep Out America will help Covenant House bring shelter to young people who have no place else to turn.




We Sleep Out in places like our backyards, parking lots and school fields, to let homeless kids know we’re with them and to raise essential funds for Covenant House, the largest privately-funded charity in the Americas providing loving care and vital services to homeless, abandoned, abused, trafficked, and exploited youth.

While Sleep Out America involves placing a piece of cardboard and a sleeping bag in a place you normally wouldn’t sleep, it is not about pretending to be homeless. It’s about showing a group of kids the kind of unconditional love that ALL children deserve – proving that you care enough to be uncomfortable for one night, and to be vulnerable for their sakes.

To Sleep Out on November 16th, simply choose who you plan to Sleep Out with. Many participants Sleep Out on their own or with family or friends, while others wish to form official groups.