Over 50 members of the Broadway, television, and film industries will be part of Covenant House's "Sleep Out" August 20 in support of youth experiencing homelessness. Rachel Brosnahan, Ariana DeBose, Claybourne Elder, Javier Muñoz, and more will take part in the evening of solidarity, which is sponsored by Broadway Cares.
As the stars sleep on the streets overnight, Covenant House residents will share their stories about their experiences with homelessness, and experts will discuss ways to advocate.
DeBose, a Covenant House International Board Member, said in a statement, “As someone who moved to NYC when I was 19, I know firsthand that having a home and a sense of community are essential for young people to pursue their dreams, and I believe everyone should have that opportunity. That is what Covenant House is: a place where all young people, including those from the LGBTQ+ community and diverse backgrounds, are welcomed and valued. I look forward to Sunday night and a chance to once again show my support for this important cause."
The "Sleep Out" will raise funds benefiting Covenant House, with nearly half of the $300,000 goal already raised. Money raised will provide young people with support, including safe shelter, nourishing food, clean clothing, and medical care as well as job training, education, mental health counseling, and legal aid.
Individual celebrities and teams of Broadway and television casts have spearheaded their own fundraising, with the cast of Sweeney Todd garnering nearly $2,000 and Back to the Future raising over $2,000.