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Dishing up generous servings for the needy

(From left) Pupils Yan Yan, Mei Mei and Him Him enjoy free dinners delivered by Cat Tso's (second from left) restaurant. Photo: Felix Wong

At a time when many restaurants are trying to cut costs to cope with soaring rents and higher wages, one cha chaan teng in Sham Shui Po is doing exactly the opposite - providing meals for the needy.

Monday, 6 May, 2013, 8:45am

Flower pots no bed of roses for homeless

Street sleepers and their supporters protest against being evicted to make way for greening works under the Ferry Street flyover. Photo: David Wong

About 200 concrete flower pots have been installed along a section of a Yau Ma Tei flyover to "keep street sleepers out", according to a district council document.

3 May 2013 - 5:40am

Pet park plans at centre of homeless row

Sleeping rough under the Ferry Street flyover. Photo: Nora Tam

More than 20 street sleepers under the Ferry Street flyover were served eviction notices last month to vacate the now partially fenced-off area by next Tuesday, although the actual use of the area is yet to be finalised.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 4 comments

Undercover reporter accuses homeless shelter staff of beating

A screenshot from a surveillance tape posted on voc.com.cn of shelter staff holding undercover reporter Dai Peng on the ground. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Changsha officials are investigating allegations that an undercover reporter had been beaten up by staff members of a homeless shelter this week, Chinese media reported on Thursday.

11 Jan 2013 - 6:10pm 1 comment

Beijing homeless sent packing after being 'robbed' by security officials

A homeless man sleeps on a Beijing street in the middle of the winter. Photo: AP

Beijing security officials have been accused of “stealing” coats and quilts from homeless people in harsh winter cold as they were being moved from a bus terminus on Saturday.

8 Jan 2013 - 4:20pm

Homeless need help, not harsh treatment

Government raided street dwellers in Sham Shui Po and threw away their belongings in a clean-up operation early this year.

Like it or not, street sleepers are part of our city. The government put the official homeless population at 414 in May last year, though the real numbers are likely to be much higher. Many have been deprived of shelter because of a mixture of financial and family problems. Some, however, simply decline any help and choose an alternative way of living.

11 Nov 2012 - 2:51am

They were cleaned out

Nine homeless people are suing the government. They say government workers threw all their belongings away during a clean-up. The judge has asked them to see if they can reach an agreement with the government before the case comes to court again, on June 21.

The street sleepers say that among the goods they lost were identity cards, phones and bank books.

28 May 2012 - 12:00am

Street sleepers urged to seek settlement

Nine homeless people suing the government were urged to seek an out-of-court settlement yesterday at a preliminary hearing into the case.

Adjudicator Brian Mak urged the claimants and the Secretary for Justice to try to negotiate a settlement before the court hearing resumes on June 21.

25 May 2012 - 12:00am

Inaction will only leave more homeless, group says

The city's homeless population will get worse if the government continues to ignore pleas for more affordable public housing for single people, the Society for Community Organisation (SoCo) warns.

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

People living in factories seek public housing

People facing eviction by the government from industrial buildings where they are living illegally, demanded yesterday that they be given public housing instead of being sent to a temporary shelter where they will have to share room with strangers.

9 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Charity boss held in abuse probe

The owner of Shenzhen's Family of Love charity house, once named a 'civilised citizen' and 'ambassador of love' by the city, has been accused of sexually abusing a girl aged nine.

6 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Eye-opening experience

As Hong Kong's property prices continue to rise at a frantic rate, more and more residents are being forced to turn to public housing as a way to tackle the cost of living.

However, with the increased pressure for public housing places, growing numbers of people are having to wait for their turn while living in cramped accommodation.

29 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Deadly neglect

Last week's fire in a tenement building with subdivided flats in Ma Tau Wai, which claimed four lives, has again raised concern over building safety and the widespread problem of the subdivision of flats in old dilapidated buildings.

25 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Ringleaders in Anhui ordered to surrender

The authorities urged the kingpins behind a child-begging ring to turn themselves in. Media reports revealed that possibly thousands of children kidnapped or lured to villages in Fuyang, Anhui , were deliberately disfigured and disabled, then forced to beg in big cities.

10 Feb 2011 - 12:00am

Pet lover heartbroken as officials evict animals from illegal shelter

Thirty animals were made homeless on the coldest day so far this winter when the government evicted a pet shelter in Tsuen Wan.

Chui Yuk-lan, 55, who has taken care of abandoned animals for a decade, housed 16 dogs and 30 cats in two squatter huts she built in Kam Shan village, on a hill near the Shek Lei Estate.

17 Dec 2010 - 12:00am