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— Close to home 97% of young homeless people are not sleeping rough. If that is the case, how many other ways are there to be homeless? 59% live in overcrowded dwellings: Dwellings with too many people living in too few rooms. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, new migrants, and students born overseas are groups who experience high levels of overcrowding. 18% live in supported accommodation for the homeless: Government and non— government residences designed to shelter and support homeless people. These include hostels for the homeless, homeless refuges, crisis accommodation and night shelters. 10% are couchsurfing: Temporarily staying as a visitor with a family member or friend. 9% live in boarding houses: Non—private residences where large volumes of homeless people stay on an ongoing basis. These may include boarding houses, motels, staff quarters and illegal tenancies in large residences. 3% are sleeping rough: Unable to access alternative accommodation options and living on the street, in tents or in impoverished dwellings. — Image Photographer Luke Stambouliah Art Director Justin Stambouliah Talent Laneikka Denne Being homeless impacts many areas of a young person’s life and can lead to: — — social isolation, — — poor physical and mental health, — — higher incidences of physical and sexual violence, — — absence from school, — — academic underperformance, — — unemployment, — — substance abuse.