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Public Housing

People in dire need

More than half of Hongkongers who live on welfare cannot afford some basic necessities.

That's according to a study by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service.

Monday, 11 June, 2012, 12:00am

Quicker pace appeal on public housing

The new government should raise the annual construction target of public rental housing by 10,000 flats - to 25,000 - to shorten the waiting list, says an adviser to chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

More homes urged to cater for the elderly

The incoming government should provide more housing for the elderly as a quarter of the city's population will be over 65 by 2036, says Marco Wu Moon-hoi, a former deputy director of housing.

14 May 2012 - 12:00am

City Digest

3,000 public housing households 'overcrowded'

Some 3,000 'overcrowded' households live in public rental housing where they have living space of less than 5.5 square metres per person, Secretary for Housing Eva Cheng said in reply to a question in the Legislative Council.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Relaunch sandwich housing, C.Y. urged

The head of the Housing Society has called on chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying's administration to resurrect the 'sandwich class' housing scheme after it takes office on July 1.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Urgent need for officials to help elderly who endure awful conditions

I refer to Lisa Wong's letter ('World-class city should not allow its elderly to languish in helpless indignity', March 3).

It is not breaking news to anyone in this city that Hong Kong has long neglected its duty to provide a dignified retirement for its senior citizens, especially those with a lower income.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

SCMP Debate

This fourth instalment of the chief executive debate focuses on the hot-button issue of property. Instead of hearing from the candidates, we wanted to know what you think. We talked to six residents whose living conditions vary widely - from a subdivided flat in Sham Shui Po to a house on the Peak.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Rich and poor resent developers' influence

The next chief executive should provide more subsidised housing for people from the grass roots and stop favouring property developers. That is the consensus shared by six people - from the well-off to low-income families typical of the city - who joined a Post forum.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Issue of national law on housing splits political aides

As the mainland continues its ambitious public housing projects to make housing more affordable for citizens, political advisers are split over whether there should be national legislation on the issue.

While some say a law should be drafted to ensure the proper use of low-income housing, others suggest that creative solutions by local governments should be encouraged.

10 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Big developers attack 'unfair' competition bill

Big property developers have attacked as unfair a proposal to exempt most statutory bodies, such as the Housing Authority, from the competition law.

The government wants to exempt almost all of the city's 575 statutory bodies from the scope of the competition bill. These include the Housing Authority, Housing Society, Urban Renewal Authority and Trade Development Council.

29 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tang vows to build more cheap homes

Chief executive hopeful Henry Tang Ying-yen says if he wins next month's election his administration would build an extra 40,000 cheap homes in the next five years and send more students to university.

14 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Tenants fear renewal plan could leave them homeless

Residents in a cluster of Mong Kok buildings marked for redevelopment by the Urban Renewal Authority yesterday say it will be hard to find new homes given the dwindling housing options for low-income people.

11 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

It all comes down to property market

Despite getting a healthy dose of benefits last week from the financial secretary, the middle class's abiding interest in the budget is how it will affect the property market, especially with an uncertain outlook in Europe and the US.

9 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

A home for life, at a rent of HK$3m

Well-off retirees are being offered homes for the rest of their lives in two upmarket housing projects for a one-off lump sum rent payment starting at about HK$3million.

The Housing Society is targeting people aged 60 and above for its 'joyous living' projects in North Point's Tanner Hill and Tin Shui Wai.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

More cash for low-income housing

The Ministry of Finance has pledged more funding this year to build homes for low-income households.

8 Feb 2012 - 12:00am