Private letting agents are being offered a €500 placement fee if they rent properties to homeless families.
Staff from Dublin’s local authorities are approaching agents and offering them the fee once a HAP tenant moves into the home.
Almost 10,000 people are currently homeless nationwide.
Roughan MacNamara from Focus Ireland thinks it is an innovative approach to the crisis.
He said: “In the middle of a housing and homeless crisis there always needs to be innovative approaches.
“Focus Ireland is always calling for these, so it’s refreshing because it’s positive to see a government agency take this step to help families who are homeless or at the risk of becoming homeless to secure accommodation.
“We, for one, would fully support it.”