Posts Tagged ‘housing’
Tin Lee House in Tai O village is the public housing block with the lowest occupancy rate in Hong Kong, with just 14 households. Now those households, mainly made up of elderly people who lost their former homes in a fire, have been told they must leave because the government wants to sell the flats under the Home Ownership Scheme. Here, the residents tell their stories.
To casual passers-by, the area outside the Jade Market in Sham Shui Po may be just a dumping ground of mattresses and random objects belonging to a bunch of homeless vagrants. But to the community of street-sleepers who live there, this is home, with its own unwritten rules regarding space and property. Varsity listens to the voices of the homeless in Sham Shui Po.
As rental prices continue to soar in Hong Kong, more and more people are struggling to find a place to call home. With long waiting lists for public housing, some low-income families and individuals are resorting to renting sub-divided units in industrial buildings. These are cheaper than sub-divided units in residential buildings but they are also illegal and tenants face the constant threat of eviction.