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Coronavirus: 'Unprecedented' rise in youth homelessness

There has been an "unprecedented" rise in the number of young people facing homelessness during the coronavirus crisis, a charity has said.

Homelessness charity Llamau said it had already received more calls this year than it did in the whole of 2019 - at a time when fundraising had collapsed.

A teenager from Newport said he faced homelessness after "sofa surfing" arrangements with family broke down.

The Welsh Government said it had made £24m available to support charities.

"Trying to operate a 24-hour service as a charity without the ability to fundraise is very difficult," said Frances Beecher, chief executive of Llamau, which employs about 500 people across Wales.

"There has been an unprecedented rise in demand we have not seen to date."

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