Exclusive: Centrepoint research shows a third are not assessed or cannot get through on helplines

Enough young people sought help for homelessness in the UK last year to fill the Albert Hall 25 times, but tens of thousands are getting no assistance from councils, figures show.

In a worsening youth housing crisis, the number of 16- to 24-year-olds presenting to councils as homeless or at risk – often after rows with family – increased 5% in 2022-23 compared with the previous year, according to freedom of information data. It equates to more than 370 people seeking help every day – 135,733 people in a year.

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