About 2,000 families face having to sell their homes or losing all welfare payments under new limits on assets. Under the government review, families on the Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) scheme which have no elderly, disabled or chronically ill members will have 12 months from June to sell their properties or have them included in a means test. The value of owner-occupier properties will be evaluated under the asset limit test, which allows a single recipient to have a maximum of $24,000 in assets and a four-member family to have $64,000. The asset limits have been scaled down by 35 per cent from $37,000 for a single recipient and more than 31 per cent for a family of four which can currently have assets of $93,000. Director of Social Welfare Andrew Leung Kin-pong said: 'For those who have properties, I hope they sell them within the one-year grace period and sustain themselves with money from the sale.' Democratic Party legislator Law Chi-kwong feared single mothers with young children would be left without shelter. 'Many of these cases are single mothers who are living in the flat with their young kids,' Dr Law said during a special welfare services panel meeting yesterday. 'Why force single mothers to sell their flats? Why not be more considerate to them?' The Hong Kong Single Parents Association suggested that the flats could be mortgaged to the Government and the loan repaid over time. 'Single parents can mortgage the flat to the Government and repay in installments over a period of five to 10 years when their children reach 18 years old,' association chairman Jessie Yu Sau-chu said. 'How long are they supposed to carry on even if they manage to sell the flats for a couple of hundred thousand dollars or even $1 million?' In the middle of last year, about 2,000 CSSA recipients owned and lived in their own homes, the Social Welfare Department said. Breakdowns on the number of cases involving elderly or disabled family members or relatives with long-term diseases were not available. Discretion would be given to those who had difficulties in selling their flats because of unfavourable conditions, the department said.