Cornerstone Landing Youth Services works to prevent, reduce and end youth homelessness by providing direct support and/or financial assisstance to youth who are homeless or at risk of homelessness between the ages of 16-24.

For assistance: 
Please call our Housing First Case Worker(s):
Chris Wright - 613-612-3465

Programs

Housing First Case Management: 
One of Cornerstone Landing's Housing First Case Managers will assist youth with finding housing, registering in school, securing Ontario Works, working with landlords and furnishing apartments.  Referrals to other community services will also be made as required.   Case managers will also help young people re-connect with their families.

Ontario Works Trustee: 
Young people age 16 and 17, who cannot live at home, may be eligible to secure financial assistance from Ontario Works.  To do so, they must have a legal trustee over the age of 18 who will attend their Ontario Works appointments and assist them with their finances.  Our Housing First Case Managers will act as trustees for those youth who do not have someone responsible in their lives to help them in this capacity. 

Rent Supplements / Financial Assistance:
Most young people securing Ontario Works do not have enough money to secure housing.   Hence, Cornerstone Landing fundraises each year to provide financial assistance of up to $200 per month in the form of rent supplements or gift certificates for basic needs such as food, hygiene supplies and clothing. 

Transitional Housing:
In 2017, Cornerstone Landing was proud to open the first ever Youth Transistional Housing program for young peoople age 16-25 who had been or were at risk of being homeless.  Youth can be selected to stay in our residential transitional home, based on their need for a safe, stable,  and supportive  environment. Our transitional housing program includes a live-in adult to offer support, as well as regular checkins and support offered by our Housing Case Workers. The program offers affordable rents for youth, in a large 4 bedroom home in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Youth will have the opportunity to develop necessary life skills as well as be expected to work towards an education, finding employment or volunteering to work towards independent living. 

Family Reconnection:
Cornerstone Landing has always supported young people in finding and staying with natural supports, which often means family members.  Many of our young peole find premanent homes with extended family or return to their parent's homes.  Hence, Cornerstone Landing has engaged a private therapist in Carleton Place to provide family counseling to youth in our program who would like to resolving family conflict and plan to move home.  Referrals to Allison Adamovits, MSW, RSW shall be made through our Housing Case Worker.  

Basic Needs and Emergency Supplies: 
Thanks to the many generous donations from community members, of furniture, hygiene supplies, food and cleaning supplies, Cornerstone Landing is able to provide many young people in our program with regular supplies and assistance furnishing their apartments.  

By Name List:
Cornerstone Landing was proud to work in cooperation with the County of Lanark and the Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness to make Lanark County a 2017 Canadian Pilot Site for a By Name List (BNL).  A BNL is a service delivery tool in which a live list of people (in this case youth) is maintained to ensure that the individuals struggling the most with their housing recieve the support they need to become stable and safely housed.  We continue to work with those agencies providing direct housing support to youth in Lanark County to develop this important resource. 

    "Lanark County has been fairly consistently on the cutting edge of the responses to youth homelessness in Canada and we have observed that.  So, we were really pleased to invite Lanark and Terrilee and Cornerstone to be part of a pilot project in Canada under our 20K Homes Campaign.  So, the 20k homes campaign is basically a movement of communities working together to house 20K of Canada’s most vulnerable people. In addition to housing all those people we are working with communities to put in place those systems that have been proven to end homelessness and one of those is a By Name List"    
                                                                                                                                                                                                   Tim Richter, CEO, Canadian Alliance to End Homelessness

Projects:

Tiny Homes - Safe Affordable Supported Youth (SASY) Housing:
Cornerstone Landing is excited to partner with local builders, municipalities and organizations like Algonquin College (Perth Campus) to build Safe Affordable and Supported Youth (SASY) Housing in Lanark County.  A review of the 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness in Lanark County demonstrates the dire need for affordable housing across the County for all ages.  The goal of this project will be to build small modular Tiny Homes in each community in Lanark County for youth age 16-24.  Supports will be provided to each tenant through our Housing First Case Worker(s).  

Rural and Remote Working Group with A Way Home Canada:
Board Chair, Terrilee Kelford had planned for a launch of a Rural Ontario Coalition of Service Providers in 2018. However, upon discussion with A Way Home Canada it was agreed that together they would create a Rural and Remote Working Group under A Way Home Canada to elevate the voices and expereinces of those in rural and remote communities.  We are excited to say that a formal launch of this initiative is planned for late 2018.   
Given the right set of circumstances, anyone can fall into homelessness

But by supporting Cornerstone Landing you offer hope, shelter and a furture to those youth in need.