Cyngor Gwynedd is launching a grant scheme to renovate empty houses in order to increase opportunities for people to have an affordable home within their community.
The grant will be for first time buyers who have a local connection to the area where the house is located. The purpose of the funding will be to assist first time buyers to renovate empty houses to an acceptable standard of living.
It will be possible to apply for up to £15,000 towards costs such as rewiring, central heating re-plumbing, damp-proofing, external windows and doors, re-roofing or rendering.
Councillor Craig ab Iago, Gwynedd Council's Cabinet Member for Housing and Property, said: “By now we all know that Gwynedd is in the middle of a housing crisis. Without intervention at an all-Wales level, it is a crisis that is going to destroy our communities, our way of life, and our children's future.
“We hope this year that the Welsh Government will take action on what needs to be done to solve the problem and which is beyond our powers, but in the meantime, we at Gwynedd Council are determined to do what whatever we can to help tackle the problem, now."