A strategy for finding accommodation for the West Midlands' 25,000 homeless people was launched yesterday in Birmingham.
The Regional Homelessness Strategy, which was revealed as part of the Regional Housing Strategy (RHS), made recommendations about how to generate funds and provide support for people without their own homes.
It identified the 14 main reasons why people become homeless in the county, from old age and threats of domestic violence, to pregnancy and leaving the armed forces.
The highest risk category was named as households with dependent children, which consists of 56.4 per cent of the Midland ' s homeless population.
The report said: "Of those in priority need, the overwhelming demand on local authority homelessness services is from households with dependent children or where one member of the household is pregnant.
"This is partly because most single people do not meet the priority need criteria. In most cases these households need access to decent secure homes rather than care or support services.
"A significant minority of demand comes from groups such as those threatened with violence, with mental health issues or the young and/or vulnerable who need care and support services in addition to decent homes.
"For these groups, the interaction between housing investment and Supportive People funding is crucial. Better monitoring of repeat homelessness will assist in prevention of homelessness across the region."
The Homelessness Strategy was produced by the West Midlands Regional Assembly on behalf of the Regional Housing Board.
It featured in the RHS, which aims to raise the standard and accessibility of housing across the region until 2021 and was put together after 19 consultation events during a period of 18 months.
Other RHS aims include creating mixed, balanced and inclusive communities, influencing the future development of new housing, meeting the Government's Decent Homes standards, and achieving a balance of housing tenure.
The Regional Housing Strategy highlighted cost issues in rural areas as well as pockets of urban decline where housing stock falls well below the Government's Decent Homes Standard.