A housing charity has called for a massive expansion of shared ownership homes for a generation of "forgotten families" in the North West.
House prices in Liverpool have seen the biggest drop in the UK, despite a national rise.
Figures from the National Housing Federation predict rents will increase by more than a third before 2020.
The Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson has handed over the key to the first person to get a house in Liverpool for a pound.
48 year old Jayalal Madde is a taxi driver who has lived in Toxteth for eight years with his wife and two daughters.
The Mayor of Liverpool is handing over the keys to the first person in the city to receive a home for a pound.
The council is selling 20 derelict houses in Granby at a bargain price as a way to breathe new life into the area.
The lucky homeowners have had to show they are capable of doing the house up to a reasonable standard and must sign a contract to live in the property for five years and not sublet it.
The council estimates it will cost the new owners 35 thousand pounds to refurbish each house.
They have set a deadline of a year for the work to be completed