The new Dáil committee on housing and homeless meets for the first time today.
The committee has been established to look at solutions to the housing and homeless crisis.
The first business of the committee will be to elect a chairperson.
The cross-party committee has been charged with presenting an interim report by April 28th, and a final report by June 17th.
It will hear evidence from people affected by the crisis and those working in the sector.
Committee member Eoin Ó Broin of Sinn Féin says it is important for TDs to remember the human toll of the crisis.
He says there are now 2,000 children sleeping in emergency accommodation across the State.