Housing chiefs have announced plans for a £1.1 billion redevelopment of housing in the Yorkshire and Humber region.
The Homes and Community Agency hopes to build 5,400 new homes as well as expand current developments and offer support to local builders.
The investment will be in addition to the £1.5 billion national funding package announced by Prime Minister Gordon Brown in June.
It is hoped the investment will help more than 1,600 first-time buyers get on to the property ladder through the Homebuy Direct scheme. Local talent will also be used on the construction projects.
“However, early calculations indicate that more than £36 million will be available in the region, through the National Affordable Housing Programme, over the next three years.”