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  1. Affordable housing policy put to test

    Posted Feb 21st 2012, 12:00am

    ... Beijing is stepping up the pressure on local authorities to find money to build more affordable housing for low-income households as they struggle to keep up with a target set last year ... Beijing asked local governments to put 10 per cent of their net proceeds from land sales into the affordable housing programme. Now the finance ministry says the programme should have first called ...

  2. Affordable housing tests Beijing's mettle

    Posted Mar 15th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... a target of 10 million, which raises the question of how it can possibly achieve it, given that it lacks direct control over most spending on the affordable housing programme. Beijing's answer ... affluence has to be seen against the background of urbanisation. Counting migrants and new entrants to the workforce, more than 20 million people a year need new, affordable housing in addition ...

  3. Affordable housing a daunting challenge

    Posted Jun 22nd 2010, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the background of urbanisation. Counting migrants and new entrants to the workforce, more than 20 million people a year need new, affordable, housing, on top of those already shut out of the market. ... in history, people have to be housed if cities are not to be blighted by slums. Affordable housing is a critical issue in any country- but even more so in one that is developing as rapidly as China. ...

  4. Boost in spending planned for low-income public housing

    Posted Mar 12th 2009, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... especially for low-income families. 'Low-income families comprise around 20 per cent of the whole population, but low-rent housing and affordable housing was mainly just talk because ... college and university graduates who did not meet the subsidy criteria or could not buy affordable housing, local governments were encouraged to develop public lease housing. This would gradually ...

  5. Changsha subsidies plan may herald new era

    Posted Aug 27th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... low-income families that are eligible to buy low-priced housing are entitled to a one-off subsidy of 80,000 yuan (HK$91,366) per household if they give up the option of buying cheap housing and instead elect to buy a property in a private housing development in the Kaifu district of the city. Subsidies of 50,000 yuan will also be available under the scheme to low-income earners who ...

  6. Focus turns to families in need

    Posted Dec 23rd 2003, 12:00am by Vanapa Ongvises

    ... and targets in the light of prevailing market conditions. The government confirmed that the thrust of its public housing policy should be to assist low-income families that cannot afford private ... to be the focus of the government's housing policy. The government will ensure that all of those who cannot afford to rent adequate accommodation in the private market will have access to decent ...

  7. Most CSSA recipients can't afford basic necessities

    Posted Jun 08th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Lo Wei wei.lo@scmp.com Over half of Hongkongers living on welfare payments cannot afford some basic necessities of life, according to a study released yesterday by the Hong Kong Council ... serious social exclusion. The report defines deprivation as being too poor to afford four or more of the 35 basic necessities- such as a safe living environment and eating fresh fruit at least ...

  8. Mainland poor left out in the cold despite housing promises

    Posted Aug 01st 2005, 12:00am by Mark O'Neill

    ... the lucky winners. It is 12 years since the government announced the idea of low-cost urban housing for those who could not afford to buy homes in a market that for 40 years had relied on cheap ... in a 130sqft basement room in Beijing. Last December, he applied for low-cost housing, to which he was entitled due to his low salary and poor living conditions. For 10 weeks, Mr Wang lived ...

  9. Income, asset cap rises proposed for public housing means tests

    Posted Feb 24th 2010, 12:00am by Paggie Leung

    ... Paggie Leung The income and asset caps used for means-testing low-income families applying for public rental housing should be raised by an average 1.2 per cent and 2.5 per cent, respectively, a government review says. The limits are used to determine eligibility for the Housing Authority's waiting list and are reviewed and adjusted annually, based on housing and consumer ...

  10. Burnt-out squatters want to return

    Posted Oct 05th 2009, 12:00am by Austin Chiu

    ... since 1993, returned to plan reconstruction of her family home because she said she was unhappy with conditions at interim-housing units. Ho said she had no plans to apply for public housing because she did not have enough money. 'I don't want to move into a public housing unit,' she said. 'I would be kicked out in a few months because I can't pay the rent. We ...




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