Despite what many people believe, there are homeless youth in our community, just as there is in every town and city. They appear to be invisible because they are embarassed to let anyone see them. So they often put themselves in dangerous situations in order to get a roof over their heads. Often they go hungry. They feel terrified about what is going to happen to them. They do not have the money to buy the many necessities needed to go to school. So, they may couch-surf or hitchhike, to the city. In the city they are vulnerable to the dangers of the street - drugs, prostitution, violence.
Our community is unique because it is made up of small towns and a lot of rural areas. There are no shelters of any kind in Perth. There is no public transit. If youth face violence, or neglect in their home, and if they are sixteen or seventeen years of age, there is no one to help them. Cornerstone Landing is hoping to offer them a hand-up so they can live in safety while they continue their education.