Tens of thousands of young people affected by homelessness, data shows

From the Guardian

Figures obtained by Lib Dems from 234 councils show almost 45,000 people aged 18-24 have come forward in past year for help with homelessness

Councils across England, Scotland and Wales have released statistics that show tens of thousands of young people have come forward to say they are either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless over the past year.

Figures from 234 councils obtained through a freedom of information request have lifted the lid on a hidden epidemic, with almost 45,000 18- to 24-year-olds approaching their local authority over the past year.

However, with more than 100 local authorities not providing information, the real statistic could well be above 70,000.

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