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Young ‘hidden homeless’ left with nowhere to turn due to Covid restrictions

By Josh Sandiford

Vulnerable young people and the “hidden homeless” are being forced onto the streets as new regional lockdowns render sofa surfing illegal, frontline charities have warned. 

Young people are often referred to as the “hidden homeless” due to the large population staying on sofas and in shelters, but new Covid rules banning indoor mixing mean those with precarious living arrangements can no longer stay with friends or family. 

Daniel Dumoulin, head of rough sleeping services at charity Depaul, which focuses on young people at risk of homelessness, told the Big Issue that evidence points to new restrictions leading to more people sleeping rough. 

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