Figures released by the Department for Communities and Local Government show a 16 per cent increase in the number of homelessness acceptances between January and March 2012, compared to the same quarter last year.
During the 2011/12 financial year there were a total of 50,290 acceptances - an increase of 14 per cent from 44,160 the previous year.
Campbell Robb, Chief Executive of the housing and homelessness charity Shelter said: "These shocking figures show that yet again homelessness is rising. Behind the numbers are ordinary families who have lost the battle that so many are fighting to stay in their homes.
"With high unemployment, cuts to the housing safety net and the rising cost of living all taking their toll, there’s a real concern that thousands more families will face the same nightmare in the coming months and years."