A radical housing protest group is being forced to compromise its objectives to survive. The Hong Kong People's Council on Public Housing Policy, which represented tenants on public estates, is to switch to serving private housing residents. The council will be wound up and re-registered as a new limited company, the Hong Kong People's Council on Housing Policy. Chairman Fanny Leung Yuk-fung said financial problems had forced it to adapt or die. She hoped it would be easier for the group to get funding after turning to a new area. Her group, on the brink of closure amid financial and management problems, has lost its influence in recent years among public tenants. Its former chairman, Lo Chau, has switched to the Democrat-dominated Action Committee for Defending the Diaoyu Islands. Fellow social activists said the council lost support after leading a series of unpopular protests. In 1994, it forced the closure of the Housing Authority headquarters for half a day in a rally to support a tenant who refused to pay rent. In 1995, it confronted former governor Chris Patten with a rat during a walkabout in a temporary housing area. Last year it protested against a plan to encourage public tenants to buy homes.