Up to 11 homeless families were told to go to garda stations in Dublin on Tuesday night because no other emergency accommodation was available.
Outreach workers in the city say they've just recorded the highest ever number of rough sleepers.
Teams working for the 'Inner City Helping Homeless' group found 173 people sleeping rough on Tuesday night - among them 38 women and two children.
CEO Anthony Flynn says that's in stark contrast with the annual count performed by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive last month.
He said: "On Tuesday night we had a family with two young children aged 2 and 6 who had to sleep on the floor of our offices because no hotel or B&B was available."
He added: "Up to 11 families were referred to garda stations because there was no accommodation for those families. "