THE number of people sleeping rough on the streets of inner-city Dublin has increased by 88pc since last year, a new report has revealed.
Amid warnings that government plans to end long-term homelessness by 2016 are in serious jeopardy, the Dublin Simon Community said the numbers of those on the streets were at an all-time high.
Sam McGuinness of the Simon Community warned that the threat of further cuts to supports in the forthcoming Budget could put vulnerable people in more danger.
"The need for accommodation and assistance for those with nowhere to go, and whose existence has become harsh and dangerous, is the highest we have ever seen," he said.
"In present uncertain times, with limited emergency accommodation, housing shortages, rent increases and rent allowance restrictions, the pressure for beds is frantic."
Some 85 people were found sleeping rough over the course of one night in September.
The Simon Community warned that figure could be much higher as its early-morning counts do not include the so-called "hidden homeless", who stay in hospitals, internet cafes and squats.