The number of homeless people increased last month, reaching a new high.

According to the most recent data from the Department of Housing, there were 11,988 homeless people documented in March, a 2.1% rise from the month prior.

The number represents the four weeks leading up to the government's decision to suspend the winter eviction restriction.

There were 11,754 people who were officially classified as homeless in January of this year.

In February, it decreased by 12 to 11,742.

It was the first decrease in the number of homeless individuals since December 2021, when there were approximately 9,000 people living in emergency housing.

8,516 people and 3,472 children were homeless in March, according to the most recent statistics.

In February, there were 3,373 children and 8,369 adults.

There were 3,431 children and 8,323 adults who were homeless in January.