There has been an increase in the number of people sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin over the past 18 months.

The Dublin Simon Community annual report says the Government must honour its promise to provide 1,200 accommodation units for the homeless after it recorded a 20% rise in people sleeping on the streets.

CEO Sam McGuinness told the launch of the report that the figures show an increase throughout each quarter of 2009 and 2010 in the number of people seeking help.

Last year 2,450 people sought assistance and so far this year 1,800 people have accessed Simon Community's various services, which include help for people sleeping on the streets, drug treatment services and supported housing.

Mr McGuinness said: ‘We critically need the 1,200 units of accommodation promised by government to be made available.

'People have no home and nowhere to go and are still moving in and out of emergency shelters, some of which are of dubious standard.

‘We're working with people who want to rebuild their lives and to do this they need the right supports and adequate accommodation; the Government commitment of ending long-term homelessness and the need to sleep rough by 2010 needs to be achieved.’