New figures from the Department of Housing have shown that there has been an increase in the number of people that became homeless in September, with numbers approaching 10,000.

September’s figures show that there are now 9,698 people living without homes across Ireland.

The number of single adults currently without permanent accomodation rose by 70 to mean that there are now 2,420 now without homes across Ireland.

Child homelessness has also increased, with 136 more children experiencing homelessness. There are now almost 3,000 children in Ireland without homes, with September’s figures standing at 2,829.

There has also been an increase in the level of individuals who are accessing emergency accommodation, with 171 people seeking an emergency bed last month.

Commenting on the figures, CEO of Depaul, Kerry Anthony, said: “The rise in single adults is concerning considering this cohort of homeless individuals find it most difficult to move on once they have entered homelessness.

“From our work with this group we know the reason for this is there currently is a severe lack of move-on options for single homeless people.

“It is also worrying to see the rise in the number of children experiencing homelessness. Considering we are now entering a time where children’s happiness will be to the forefront it is imperative that we do all we can to stop children and families entering homelessness.”