Some councils in Somerset are offering private property owners money to rent out homes as social housing.
There are currently around 4,500 empty homes in the county and more than 30,000 people on the waiting list.
Some of the properties are not suitable for living in and the owners of others do not want to rent as social housing.
South Somerset and Mendip district councils are offering potential landlords grants and loans to try to solve the problem.
In South Somerset, grants of up to £12,000 are available towards renovation costs.
Mendip District Council is also offering loans and grants to encourage people to rent out property as social housing.