The Hong Kong Housing Society (HKHS) has unveiled a Transitional Housing Scheme that will turn 200 small flats at Yu Kwong Chuen in Aberdeen into temporary homes for those waiting for public housing.
Under the T-Home scheme, the flats, with sizes ranging from 140 to 290 square feet, will be refurbished at a cost of around HK$19 million.
They will be rented out for HK$561 to HK$1,421 per unit to single elderly people (aged 60 or above) and families with two to three members who have been waiting for the public housing for three years or more, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reported.
Applications will be received from Monday next week until Aug. 3.
There are about 60,000 households who are eligible for the program, or around 300 times the number of available flats, according to HKHS data.
Selected tenants can move into the flats in October this year.
The 56-year-old residential estate has five 10-storey blocks, providing 1,444 flats.
Because it has no lifts, the Society will try to allocate the lower flats to the elderly.
The 200 vacant flats can be rented for five years until 2023, when Yu Kwong Chuen is scheduled to be demolished, said HKHS chief executive Wong Kit-loong.
The units for three people come with a kitchen and a washroom. However, tenants have to install the wash basins and shower themselves, the HKEJ said.
Wong said the Society is also considering expanding the scheme to other estates like the Kwun Tong Garden Estate.
The Federation of Public Housing Estates welcomed the temporary housing rental program and suggested that the Housing Authority and Housing Society expand the scheme.
But lawmaker Kwok Wai-keung said the 200 available flats are a relatively small number compared to the 280,000 public housing applicants on the waiting list.
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