Local authorities in Dublin and Cork say they have saved over 600 families from homelessness through an intervention programme in the private rental sector.

Supports include an increase in social welfare payments to cover rising rents as part of the Tenancy Protection Service run by Threshold.

In Dublin, 462 families received an increase in their rent supplements from June last year to the end of last month.

Another 91 were saved from going into homelessness through advocacy work by Threshold.

Another 2,200 households were given information or legal advice to avoid losing their home, according to information from the Dublin Regional Homeless Executive.

In Dublin there are 411 families in emergency accommodation.

The prevention service is now being extended to help individuals.

It can be provided when households have received notice of arrears, notice of termination, warning letter, letter of rent increase, or have been threatened with an illegal eviction.

An information campaign including billboard advertising is being run to highlight the service.

Dublin: Contact FREEPHONE 1800-454-454 from 9am to 9pm

Cork: Contact FREEPHONE 1800-454-454 from 9.30am to 5pm