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The number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled in the past six years

The number of people sleeping on the streets has doubled in the past six years

The recent government statistics show a shocking increase in homelessness. With the ongoing rises in private renting and shortage of social housing, more people than ever are finding themselves without a home due to landlords ending a tenancy. Such an unexpected event, when combined with often unsympathetic systems put in place by local authorities can result in people relying on support from friends to find places to sleep, a situation which can rapidly prove untenable. This article from the Guardian explores one such story and the increasing problems that private tenancies are causing.

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