How do you house London's exploding population? 50,000 new faces each year. In Newham two years ago there were 32,000 people waiting for a council house. The council's solution was to send them to Stoke.
It's not quite as desperate now. In Hammersmith in 2012, there were 8,171 people on the housing waiting list. A year later it was just 768.
Behind the extraordinary collapse is not s sudden surge in supply of council houses. Instead, applicants no longer meet new local criteria.
Lila is a working mother and one of the lucky few. She has a flat in zone three. But she waited for years.
I stayed in a hostel for a year and a half, and obviously from there I was staying in hotel after hotel. So i was literally moving from one placer to another. So I waited for about three and a half years.
Housing associations are having to borrow more money to develop new homes. The amount of grant they receive from the Government has decreased.
The reality for people waiting for a council house, move out of London or simply make do.