‘Hundreds of public flats empty and going to waste’

A concern group on Sunday complained that almost 900 public flats across the city are sitting empty when they could be used to house people with no place of their own. The group, an alliance focused on transitional homes policies, said it came up with the figure after combing through...

New deputies, new bureaus in govt revamp plan

The Executive Council on Tuesday endorsed a government restructuring package that will add new deputies to the chief secretary, financial secretary and justice minister, as proposed by Chief Executive-elect John Lee. Lee told a press briefing that the new roles could strengthen the incoming administration's governance, adding that the deputies...

Average wait for public housing rises to 6.1 years

The Housing Department said on Thursday the average waiting time for a public housing flat reached 6.1 years at the end of March – the longest since 1999. That's up from 6 years in the previous quarter. And the average wait for elderly people living alone is 4.1 years, up...

Kwun Tong housing block put under lockdown

A Kwun Tong public housing block was locked down on Friday for its residents to be tested for Covid, after sewage samples there were found to contain the virus. Health officials moved into Sau Wah House at Sau Mau Ping Estate at 4:30pm. They said they expect to wrap up...

Ma On Shan public housing block under lockdown

The government on Tuesday locked down a public housing block in Ma On Shan after finding suspected Covid patients there and the virus in sewage samples taken from the building. Residents and recent visitors of Heng Fung House at Heng On Estate must get tested and stay at home. The...

Tung Chung public housing block under Covid lockdown

Health officials on Sunday locked down a public housing block in Tung Chung, after sewage samples there tested positive for Covid-19. Residents and recent visitors of Ying Yat House of Yat Tung (One) Estate must get tested and then stay at home until further notice. The government added that residents...

Sha Tin blocks locked down over Covid

Authorities on Saturday sealed off two public housing blocks in Sha Tin, after sewage samples tested positive for Covid. The buildings are Pok Tat House, on Pok Hong Estate; and King Wo House, on Wo Che Estate. The government said it aims to finish the exercises early on Sunday afternoon....

Two Sham Shui Po housing blocks under lockdown

The government on Friday put two public housing blocks in Sham Shui Po under lockdown after sewage samples taken from the buildings tested positive for Covid. Officials said they suspect there are asymptomatic patients in Begonia House at So Uk Estate and Un Shing House at Un Chau Estate, and...

Yuen Long housing block put under lockdown

The government on Thursday put a public housing block in Yuen Long under lockdown after sewage samples taken from the building tested positive for Covid. Officials said they suspect there are asymptomatic patients in Hung Lok House at Hung Fuk Estate, and the risk of infection in the area is...

Housing Authority records HK$10bn surplus

The Housing Authority says it has recorded a surplus of HK$10 billion this year and it expects more of the same over the next few years, with the surplus predicted to hit HK$16 billion in 2025-2026. Taking into account its budget and forecasts published on Thursday, the authority estimated that...

Govt sets minimum 280 sq ft rule for housing project

The government has set a minimum flat size requirement of 280 square feet for a residential plot that it is tendering out in the next quarter. The site on Castle Peak Road in Tuen Mun is expected to provide 2,020 flats. Development Secretary Michael Wong explained that the government came...

Tai Hang Sai residents want better rehousing plan

The Town Planning Board has endorsed plans to redevelop a housing estate in Shek Kip Mei built more than 50 years ago. But residents of Tai Hang Sai Estate said they're unhappy with plans to rehouse them during redevelopment. The estate is the only private subsidised rental housing estate in...

Govt keeps 10-year housing target steady at 430,000

The government has kept its housing supply target for the next decade unchanged for the third straight year, at 430,000 flats, stressing that the number is based on estimated market demand. The target is part of the Transport and Housing Bureau's long-term housing strategy annual report. According to the report,...

Hotel rooms offered as temporary homes for couples

More hotel rooms are being made available for low-income couples waiting for public flats, as part of the government's initiative to provide 20,000 transitional housing units in the coming few years. The Concordia project run by the Lutheran Church Hong Kong Synod will see 30 rooms at the IW hotel...