Street sleepers

Hard knock life for Sham Shui Po street sleeper

The Jade Market opened in Sham Shui Po in 2005. Photo: Martin Chan

Ah Sam is one of about 35 people who sleep in front of the Jade Market, part of the Tung Chau Street Temporary Market in Sham Shui Po, one of the poorest districts in Hong Kong.

Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

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

'Beautify effort' casts homeless from tiny haven

Some of the people using the flyover at Yau Ma Tei say that rising rents had forced them to live on the streets. Photo: Felix Wong

A score of street sleepers will be forced to move from their current quarters under an overpass by early next month. Wire fences now cordon off a section below the Ferry Street flyover near the fruit market in Yau Ma Tei - a popular and out-of-the-way location for the homeless - leaving only two small entries for occupiers to enter and live for a few more days.

26 Apr 2013 - 6:06am

How kindness gave one street sleeper a new lease of life

Chan Chi-cheung, an ex-homeless person who fought for his rights and is now employed and living in a public housing flat. Photo: May Tse

Last year, ex-street sleeper Chan Chi-cheung was given a second chance at life. Chan, 61, was one of the 14 street sleepers who decided to risk public humiliation and sue the government for unlawfully throwing away their belongings in February last year.

18 Apr 2013 - 10:08am

Lawmakers slam plan to house Yau Ma Tei homeless with rubbish

The Street Sleepers' Shelter on Shanghai Street will soon have to make way for the Yau Ma Tei Theatre. Photo: Dickson Lee

Officials seeking to redevelop the Yau Ma Tei Theatre came under fire yesterday for proposing to keep a rubbish collection point next to a street sleepers' shelter when the two are moved.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am