The latest homeless figures have increased for the first time in two months, with the increase being directly attributed to a rise in the number of homeless children.

103 more children were listed as homeless in July.

The figures show there are now 10,275 adults and children in emergency accommodation.

While the number of adults has remained static at 6,497 the number of children has increased to 3,778.

Responding the new figures the Minister for Housing, Eoghan Murphy, said the situation remains a "huge challenge".

"There are fewer families and children in emergency accommodation today than this time last year. Of course there shouldn't be any, but the fact that there are less, despite continuing high levels of presentations each month, speaks to the huge response from NGO’s, the DRHE, local authorities and the Government". 

The increase comes despite 2,825 'exits from homelessness’ in the first six months of this year which involves either people in emergency accommodation being housed or people in private accommodation being prevented from going into homelessness.

The Department of Housing said the number of exits is 21% up on the same period last year and 19% of these went into local authority housing 

The department is to publish quarterly reports as well as monthly reports from now on.