Homeless charity Depaul has said a lack of affordable accommodation is now preventing people from moving on from homeless services.

The charity launched its annual report for 2016 today.

It supported more than 3,600 people throughout the year, and dealt with a 10% increase in families accessing its services.

The charity provided 497 beds to homeless people every night in 2016.

Ironically, the overall number of people using Depaul services fell 13%, as they cannot move on to permanent housing, due to the lack of supply.

CEO Kerry Anthony said the crisis is worsening, and it is now dealing with people who would never have needed their services before.

She called for night only emergency accommodation places, to be made accessible 24/7 where possible to those who need them.

Ms Anthony also called for cuts introduced to homeless health budgets from 2009 to be reversed.