A group of unemployed workers has set up a co-operative society to provide cheap home removal services for low-income families on public housing estates. The Jobless' Self-employed Group for Home Removal also aims to find work for the unemployed. Group head Fung Kwok-leung said they started by providing services for families moving out of Ngau Tau Kok Lower Estate before March next year when the estate, which was built in the 1960s, is to be cleared for redevelopment. The co-operative was sponsored by the Society for Community Organisation and is run by 30 members who are mostly unemployed. Mr Fung said they charged between $400 and $800 for each removal, compared with the usual market rate of more than $1,500. The group also provides simple home decoration services. Mr Fung said two-thirds of their clients were low-income families or elderly people who relied on old age allowances. 'Our priority is to needy families and the elderly,' he said. 'When well-off families approach us, we refer them to professional movers.' Group member Tommy Law Cheuk-hin, 18, has been unemployed since completing Form Five last year. 'It's a good idea to provide cheap services to needy people,' he said. 'I can earn some money and, more importantly, it's much better than sitting idle at home.' Mr Fung said they had done 112 jobs over the past three months. 'Every group member earns between $100 and $200 for a job,' he said. Another group member, Lai Ka-fai, 22, said it was satisfying to help needy residents on the estate, though the pay was poor. Ma Cheng Chee-ying hired the group to help her family move from their two flats in Ngau Tau Kok Lower Estate to Wong Tin Sin Upper Estate yesterday. 'I heard about the services provided by the group from neighbours,' she said. 'Their services are fine and the charge of $700 was quite reasonable.' Iman Fok Ting-man, of the Society for Community Organisation, said the group was a good example of tackling unemployment through self-reliance. 'It also gives a boost to community-building among residents on public housing estates,' she said. Meanwhile, about 3,000 volunteers helped almost 1,000 elderly people living on public housing estates to clean and repaint their flats yesterday ahead of the Lunar New Year.