The Monthly Homeless Report for March 2022 shows that 9,825 individuals were homeless across Ireland.
This is an increase of 333 (3.5%) on the February 2022 total.
The number remains lower (-7%) since its highest level in October 2019 but recent increases are serious cause for concern according to the Department of Housing
Among the homeless adults recorded in March, 4,957 (71%) were single adults and there were 1,238 families in emergency accommodation.
A total of 2,811 children (under-18) associated with these families, were in emergency accommodation in March 2022.
For county Tipperary the number of homeless recorded is 63 up from 58 in February.
For county Limerick there has been a slight decrease from to 271 to 269.
Housing campaigners say the figures do not reflect the real level of the crisis with many people living in unsuitable or insecure housing or sharing with other family members or friends in overcrowded settings.
Focus Ireland chief executive Pat Dennigan commented that that the label “crisis” was first used when there were around 2,000 single people homeless, adding it is hard to find language which describes the current situation.
The government has announced a further series of actions to tackle the housing crisis this week as it struggles to find accommodation for refugees from Ukraine.