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Published: 12:16, January 31, 2023 | Updated: 12:17, January 31, 2023
City to build 30,000 ‘light units’ in next five years
By Wang Zhan
Published:12:16, January 31, 2023 Updated:12:17, January 31, 2023 By Wang Zhan

Secretary for Housing Winnie Ho Wing-yin (left) and Project Manager of the Architectural Services Department Edward Wong On-wa introduce the new sites for Light Public Housing projects at a Monday news briefing. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The Housing Bureau on Monday announced more sites for Light Public Housing projects, a step toward fulfilling the bureau’s goal of constructing 30,000 LPH units in the coming five years to meet the short-term shortage in Hong Kong’s public housing supply.

At a media briefing, Secretary for Housing Winnie Ho Wing-yin said that the LPH projects aim to utilize social resources optimally and will play a crucial role in improving the conditions and quality of life of those people living in inadequate housing.

The new sites are Kai Tak Olympic Avenue, Ngau Tau Kok Choi Hing Road, Chai Wan Sheung On Street/Sheung Ping Street and Siu Lam Lok On Pai. The Kai Tak site will provide over 10,000 LPH units.

The LPH units will mainly cater to housing applicants who have been on the waiting list for traditional public rental housing for three years or more, with priority given to families, said Ho.

Photo taken on Monday shows a general view of a Light Public Housing mock-up unit at Kai Tak. (ANDY CHONG / CHINA DAILY)

The LPH units, which are equipped with basic facilities, have internal floor areas ranging from about 13 to 31 square meters. The largest units can accommodate five residents at most. The first batch of around 2,100 units will be completed in three years at the earliest, it is estimated. About half of the LPH units will be in urban areas.

Open spaces will be reserved at the LPH estates for leisure and events, and to facilitate mutual assistance among residents, Ho added.

After being invited to visit a mock-up unit for five people, the city’s subdivided unit tenants said they were thrilled by the LPH project and are looking forward to improving their living conditions as soon as possible.

During a separate tour of the mock-up unit, members of Hong Kong’s Executive Council said they were pleased to learn of the increased number of sites for the LPH projects and of the reduced cost of these flats. The officials said they hoped that the projects will help to increase the overall supply of public housing as soon as possible, particularly in the short term, and improve the living environment of people currently living in unsuitable places.

Earlier, the bureau had announced the initial four sites for LPH projects: Tuen Mun Area 3A, Tuen Mun Area 54, Yuen Long Yau Pok Road and Sheung Shui Lin Tong Mei.

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