Over 13,700 transitional housing units already in service, expected completion of 6,000 units this year

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28th May 2024 – (Hong Kong) In recent years, transitional housing projects have been on the rise in Hong Kong, offering a valuable stepping stone for low-income citizens. According to the latest legislative council documents, as of the end of last month, a total of 13,700 transitional housing units have been put into service. It is projected that approximately 6,000 units will be completed and ready for occupancy this year. Furthermore, around 1,400 units and 50 units are expected to be completed and operational by 2025 and 2026, respectively.

The implementation of the “Funding Scheme” in June 2020 has played a crucial role in supporting these projects. The “Assessment Committee” has approved funding for a total of 54 projects, with 31 of them already being operational, providing approximately 11,000 units. Additionally, 32 projects have received funding from other sources, such as the “Community Care Fund” or the “pilot scheme,” collectively offering around 2,600 units.

In response to previous calls for adjustments in the ratio of different types of tenants (Category A and Category B), the operating organizations have the flexibility to apply for such changes to the dedicated transitional housing team under the Housing Department. This allows for the accommodation of more Category B tenants. Currently, eight projects in the New Territories and one in the expanded urban area have been granted approval to adjust the ratio to 60% versus 40% or 50% versus 50%. As a result of these adjustments, the number of applications and occupancy rates are steadily increasing.

Taking the 31 projects already in service under the “Funding Scheme” as an example, overall occupancy rates have been deemed satisfactory by the authorities. Transitional housing projects located in urban and expanded areas have been particularly popular, with an average occupancy rate of approximately 93% as of the end of last month. Some units have even been reallocated to accommodate a second batch of residents, resulting in individual project occupancy rates reaching 119%. In the New Territories, the average occupancy rate also exceeds 96%.