Themed areas see decades fly by

More than 4,000 guests attended the Regent Hotel's One Party, Two Centuries millennium celebration. The party filled the entire hotel, with different decades of the cen tury being adopted as themes for different areas.

Monday, 3 January, 2000, 12:00am

Homeless rent help

Temporary rent allowances will be given to people made homeless by urban redevelopment.

Deputy Secretary for Planning, Environment and Lands Stephen Fisher said the amount would be enough for a flat similar in size to their previous home.

The allowance would last until new flats in the same district were provided.

1 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

Benefit cuts 'keep homeless on the streets'

Street-sleepers yesterday attended a Legco panel meeting to air grievances about cuts in rent-related allowances.

They told the welfare panel the cuts would force them to remain homeless and make it harder to find jobs.

The cuts were made when the Government tightened welfare support, including rent allowances.

9 Nov 1999 - 12:00am

Very grateful

In the early hours of August 17, a devastating earthquake hit the Marmara region of northwestern Turkey, taking a very heavy toll in human lives and causing widespread destruction.

Thousands of people perished, thousands were injured and thousands more were left homeless and in need.

8 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

On the streets

The usual images of street sleepers do not include the young and educated. But according to a survey conducted by the Society for Community Organisation, an increasing number of homeless are under 30.

4 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

Welfare boss denies rise in street-sleepers after benefits cut

The number of street-sleepers had dropped by almost 25 per cent, contrary to the findings of an independent survey, the welfare chief said yesterday.

Government tallies undertaken in June and July found 771 street-sleepers, down from 1,038 in November, Director of Welfare Andrew Leung Kin-pong told Legco's welfare panel.

14 Sep 1999 - 12:00am

Familiar sight

I would like to respond to Ivan Hong's letter concerning the unsavoury state of the alley behind the Central Post Office (South China Morning Post, March 13).

Mr Hong wonders what visitors must say when they see the homeless people 'camped outside our airport station'.

If they are coming from London, I would guess they say 'Home from home'.

22 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Ex-prisoners join homeless

Scores of newly released prisoners are becoming homeless every month since the crackdown on illegal cage homes, sparking fears they may return to their criminal ways.

15 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Filthy alley

Every morning I walk past the alley behind the Central Post Office leading to the IFC Mall, where about 10 homeless people sleep. They have all their belongings piled next to them.

What really irritates most passers-by like myself, is the strong smell of urine and the sight in the alley of spit, water and congee left over from the night before.

13 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

No need for anyone to sleep on streets

I read with interest your report of January 18, headlined, 'Recession 'driving more on to streets' '.

Whilst the recent economic downturn has adversely affected some low-income groups, the Government has never lost sight of the underprivileged, including street sleepers and those turned homeless for economic reasons.

22 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Recession 'driving more on to streets'

An increasing number of people are living on the streets because of the harsh economic situation, social workers say.

Outreach workers said the sudden emergence of younger and short-term street sleepers was being caused by the economic downturn and was not being detected by government monitoring.

18 Jan 1999 - 12:00am


Batacuda at the Fringe Club, ends today. Batacuda, the Australian drum and juggling act, is in-your-face entertainment which demands full audience participation, lots of shouting, and provides a bloody good laugh after a long day.

8 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Number of homeless 'nearly double official estimates'

The homeless population is nearly twice official estimates and growing because of the economic crisis, welfare activists say.

The Reverend Daniel Tse Yan-san, director of the Christian Concern for the Homeless Association, said yesterday there were about 2,000 street sleepers.

3 Nov 1998 - 12:00am

A dog's life

I was passing through a park one day and what I saw made me realise how unfair the world is. At the entrance, a Filipina housekeeper was walking a Pekinese dog which was dressed up beautifully, with a big, red ribbon on its head. At the exit, a beggar wearing dirty, ill-fitting clothes was scavenging for food from a rubbish bin. One of his legs was amputated. What a contrast.

23 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Homeless man hurt in battle over prime resting place

A STREET sleeper was wounded in a scuffle with other homeless people over a sought-after resting place for the day at the Shamshuipo ferry pier. The injured man, surnamed Lee, 44, was taken to Caritas Medical Centre after being attacked by four men with bottles at 8am. No arrests have been made.

23 Aug 1998 - 12:00am