The number of families becoming homeless is continuing to rise with nearly one a day losing their homes last month.

Latest figures from the Department of Housing show that there were 1,205 families without a home and living in emergency accommodation in November across the State - an increase of 27 when compared to the previous month.

According to these figures, in total there are now just under 7,000 adults and children - homeless and living in emergency accommodation across the State.

The number of children without a home and living in hotels or B&Bs in November stood at 2,549, up from 2,470 the previous month.

The biggest increase in the number of homeless families was seen in the northeast of the country where the number increased from nine to 18.

There was also an increase from 22 to 33 in the northwest of the country.

The figures show there were three fewer homeless families in Dublin last month when compared to October - down from 1,026 to 1,023.

In a statement, the Department said the reduction in Dublin shows the impact of a pilot scheme which places homeless families into private rented tenancies is beginning to be felt.

It said to date in 2016, there have been 800 Housing Assistance Payment tenancies created for homeless households in the Dublin region.

It said this figure is well in excess of the Government's original target of 550 tenancies for the year.