A young unemployed man featured in the Post yesterday who fears he will be stuck in his 40 sq ft cubicle flat for life because of the change in public housing policy has been given a chance to earn his way out. The Housing Authority's endorsement of a new quota and points scheme designed to discourage young people means Tse Kwok-yin, 23, could wait 20 years or more to get a flat. He is living on welfare of $2,600 a month, $1,000 of which has to cover the rent on his rundown 'cell' in Shamshuipo. But Mr Tse will soon earn about $5,000 a month after the owner of an Italian restaurant in Central yesterday offered him a job as a kitchen helper after reading about his situation. He will also get two free meals a day, a medical allowance, two days off a week, and bonuses. 'I will work hard to repay the owner for offering me this opportunity,' said Mr Tse, who has no experience in the catering industry and was educated only up to Primary One. The restaurant's owner, Christopher Gallaga, said he offered Mr Tse a job because he had been homeless himself and only got through the tough time, which included a spell in jail, when friends helped him and he was offered a job. Mr Gallaga, who is also a chef at his restaurant, said that in a humane society people should help their fellow citizens rather than relying on the government. 'If I can help Mr Tse, if I happen to have a vacancy and I can help him, that costs everybody in Hong Kong zero,' he said. 'I need an employee, I'm going to pay that salary anyway and here is a person who needs work. 'It benefits society because he becomes more productive and, hopefully, continues his growth and pays taxes, rather than society saying every social problem is the government's problem.' Mr Tse said he would still apply for public housing, and his case could be one of those taken to court by concern groups pushing for a judicial review of the Housing Authority's decision on the grounds of age discrimination. 'Lawyers are now reviewing the information and there should be a decision on when to lodge the application by early next week,' said Sze Lai-shan of the Society for Community Organisation. But the deputy director of housing, Tam Wing-pong, said the government would not back down because of a possible legal challenge, adding the consensus of society was that the housing needs of the elderly should be looked after first.