More than 4,000 people are waiting for housing in rural Herefordshire as the county grapples with a critical shortage of affordable homes.
The county council said 100 people were in temporary accommodation at any one time with 51 families living in bed and breakfasts.
The shortage was highlighted as the council announced it had received a £24 million grant to spend on providing 843 new affordable homes in a bid to tackle the housing plight.
About £16 million funding is already being spent on 372 new homes in Hereford, Leominster and Ross as well as other towns and villages.
A further £7.5 million could be netted from central Government this spring to provide an additional 131 homes while developers are likely to provide 340 homes over the next three years through Here-fordshire Council's planning policies.
Since January 2005, 126 new homes have been provided while a further 246 are planned for completion in the coming months.
Of the 126 homes completed last year, 34 were available to rent, 31 for shared ownership, and a further 61 were low cost home ownership.
In Hereford, 96 apartments and three bungalows will be built for the over 55s as part of a £15 million development.
Coun Olwyn Barnett (Con Mortimer), cabinet member for strategic housing, warned that the council could not rest on its laurels.
"While we are delighted that we are playing a leading role in building these new homes and giving people a new beginning and new hope, there is a serious shortage of affordable housing in Herefordshire.
"Currently there are more than 4,000 households on the affordable housing register, and around 100 people in temporary accommodation at any one time. These statistics only go to reflect the desperate need for more affordable homes." ..SUPL: