HA plans to provide 33,000 new public housing flats

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 May, 2005, 12:00am

Updated at 5.35pm:
The Housing Authority?s Subsidised Housing Committee on Thursday passed a proposal to provide 33,000 public housing flats for applicants during the 2005/06 year.

Discussing the proposal on Thursday, committee chairman Ng Shui-lai said: ?The overall public housing allocation plan is set, having regard to the anticipated supply and demand for the coming year.?

Of the total 33,000 public housing flats, 20,600 (62.4 per cent) will be allocated to applicants whose names are on the waiting list. The remaining 12,400 flats will be provided for applicants in other categories.

The allocation this year has dropped by 13.8 per cent, or 5,300 flats, compared with last year?s 38,300.

Of the 33,000, 22,300 would be new flats and 10,700 refurbished flats.

Mr Ng said spare quotas from other categories would be re-allocated to waiting list applicants. This was to maintain the average waiting time for a flat at around three years.

?To maximise utilisation of public housing resources, the existing approved ad hoc arrangement to relax the restriction on the district of choice will continue,? he said.

?This will allow eligible waiting list applicants already registered to switch their choice of district to the urban areas in order to dispose of urban area flats when the supply becomes surplus to the requirements under the committed categories, if the situation warrants,? added Mr Ng.