The third round of applications to get hold of a new house for just £1 in Stoke-on-Trent has been launched by the city council.
The chronic shortage of new homes in the midlands is exposed today in a report by the National Housing Federation.
Nottinghamshire County Council have pledged £15 million to help first-time buyers get onto the property ladder.
A couple born and bred in Stoke-on-Trent are among those who have been told their bid to buy a £1 house in their home city has been successful.
Lawrence Poxton, aged 48, and his wife Teresa, 45, have lived in a private rented house for 10 years - but are now property owners thanks to the scheme.
They say they want to invest for their future and help rebuild the community.
A total of 20 houses have been sold under the £1 scheme, with more up for grabs.
People who have bagged a bargain new home for just £1 are today viewing their properties.
Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale.
The scheme is designed to help regenerate rundown properties parts of Cobridge.
Buyers have to take on a £30,000 loan to improve the houses.
A Staffordshire University graduate is the first person to have passed all the financial checks in order to buy a council house in Stoke for £1, as part of a new regeneration scheme.
Graphic designer Rachel Roberts, 31, spoke about the opportunity the scheme provides.
I still live with my parents so this is a fantastic opportunity to buy my own home. I am moving back to the street where my father and grandfather were born, and my great-aunt is still here.
I love the area. I love the city and I cannot imagine living anywhere else. I am really looking forward to helping rebuild and grow the community. It is our responsibility to get involved. There are real opportunities for business growth in the city. It is a city of opportunity. This is a really exciting time for the city.
Twenty council houses in Stoke-on-Trent have been sold for £1 each, and another 13 are still for sale. The scheme it to help regenerate rundown properties in the Portland Street area of Cobridge.
Buyers must commit themselves to taking on £30,000 loan to upgrade their new home. The council is commissioning the improvement works and ensuring a certain level of quality is maintained.
People in Birmingham are finding it harder to afford their rent following Government welfare reforms, according to Birmingham City Council.
There were almost 2,000 applications for help to pay for housing in the first two weeks of April - immediately after the Spare Room Subsidy or "Bedroom Tax" was introduced.
Discretionary Housing Payments were introduced in 2001 so local authorities could provide short-term payments to people facing problems with their housing costs. The Council says the system is struggling to cope.
More people are buying houses in the West Midlands according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Surveyors in the West Midlands have seen the biggest increase of homes sold in the country since the start of the year - ahead of London.
However the trend of sales increases was found to be flattest in the East Midlands.
The first new council homes to be built in twenty years in Lincoln have been unveiled today.
Lincoln City Council says the five new properties on Wellington Street are just the start and it plans to build dozens more like them over the next five years.
The council says it is trying to address a serious housing need, as thousands of people remain on a waiting list.
Ian and Geraldine Hatton from Leicester have finally settled in a rented Housing Association bungalow after an extremely stressful time. They could not afford to pay the mortgage on a home so had to sell up after Ian lost his permanent job.
Thousands of people across the Midlands are struggling to find a home they can afford because of a shortage of new housing.
According to a report by the National Housing Federation, only 9,930 new homes were built in the East Midlands between 2011 and 2012- less than half the number needed.