There has been another increase in the homeless numbers with a significant increase in the numbers of children in emergency accommodation.

There were 80 more people homeless in August compared to the previous month with 60 of these being children.

In total there was 8,212 people homeless.

The number of children is still down by 431 or 16% compared to the same time last year when minors were classified along with dependents over 18 years.

However, the number of adults is 6,023 which is only 59 fewer that last year.

The proportion of adults who are single has fallen slightly but single people still make up 74% of all adults in emergency accommodation.

Responding to the latest homeless figures, the Dublin Simon Community warned about the effects of long-term homelessness on the physical and mental health of people in emergency accommodation.

CEO Sam McGuiness said: "We see first-hand the toll this is taking in the increased demands for our treatment services, counselling services and the increase in crisis counselling interventions. Outcomes for people in emergency accommodation will not improve until they have a secure home of their own. Until this happens there is scant hope of a better future for this vulnerable group."

Focus Ireland said it is very worried that the homeless crisis will continue to deepen in the coming months due to increasing rents and a rising number of evictions.

The charity said urgent action was needed to protect tenants from "no fault'’ evictions in buy to let properties where the landlord is selling the property.

The charity said that commercial properties are often sold with "tenants not affected" and the same protection now needs to be given in law to tenants in their rented home.

It also expressed concern that "this month’s figure of 984 for young people (18 to 24-years old) homeless is the highest ever number on record".

Pat Doyle, CEO of Peter McVerry Trust, said: "Any increase is disappointing because it means more people impacted by homelessness. However, we are now at the busiest time of year for social housing delivery and we would hope that the number of people getting access to housing will significantly increase in the coming months.

"The Housing For All strategy means there is renewed momentum to tackle the issue of homelessness and we need to quickly get onto a steady downward trajectory if we are to make the target of ending homelessness by 2030. It's up to all stakeholders to deliver more housing pathways to make that happen and we are very much committed to playing our role in that process."