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Youth homelessness campaign launches in Wales

The Welsh Government has launched a new campaign to highlights the problem of hidden homelessness amongst young people.

The campaign will focus on people who may now be at risk of homelessness because of the pandemic, who may have recently lost their jobs or are on furlough and, as a result, may be struggling to hold onto their homes.

As well as helping these people to recognise that they might be at risk of homelessness or already homeless, the campaign also advises their friends, family and work colleagues on how to spot the signs of hidden homelessness.

Anyone experiencing these issues is being asked to call the free Housing Advice Helpline on 08000 495 495, which is funded by the Welsh Government and run by Shelter Cymru, with out of hours support from Llamau.

‘Coronavirus has forced many people to the brink of homelessness. Many young people will be struggling with these kind of issues for the first time; others may have been struggling before the pandemic hit,’ said Welsh local government minister, Julie James.

‘We have to also recognise that homelessness doesn’t always live on the streets and there will be young people who have been sofa surfing with friends or family throughout this pandemic.

‘Our message to these young people and those around them is to call the Housing Advice Helpline now. Expert trained advisors from Shelter Cymru and, out of hours, Llamau are on hand to talk you through these issues and advise you on what you can do – it’s never too late or too early to get help.’

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