Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong response to the CE 2020 Policy Address

Habitat for Humanity Hong Kong welcomes the positive steps the HKSAR Government is taking to increase the housing supply and to make housing more affordable and accessible across the housing ladder, and especially for people in low-income communities. We note the continued prioritization of housing as a key issue and the recognition that ‘meeting Hong Kong people’s housing needs is a goal too important to forsake.’[1] We acknowledge the multilayered complexities of the housing situation in Hong Kong. We advocate for a rights-based housing strategy and policies to ensure each and every person in Hong Kong has a decent place to live.

The Habitat Hong Kong submission for the Public Policy Consultation drew on the sector expertise represented on our Board of Directors and Public Policy & Programme Committee as well as our dedicated staff to the areas of public policy and research. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with the HKSAR Government appointed Task Force for Study on Tenancy Control of Subdivided Units (SDUs). We were able to share rental housing case studies from overseas for consideration in addressing tenancy control issues for residents living in subdivided units in Hong Kong.

In our response to the November 2020 Public Policy Address, we would like to reference the following topics where we believe our proposals have been considered and/or where we would recommend further action be taken:

  1. Increase in Public Rental Housing Units
  2. Transitional Housing
  3. Substandard Housing Conditions in Subdivided Units

[1] Paragraph 84 https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2020/eng/p83.html

1. Increase in Public Rental Housing Units


[2] Paragraph 85 https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2020/eng/p85.html

[3] Paragraph 132 https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2020/eng/p130.html

[4] https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2019/jun/20/council-housing-its-back-its-booming-and-this-time-its-beautiful / https://sticerd.lse.ac.uk/dps/case/cr/casereport99.pdf / https://www.londonfirst.co.uk/sites/default/files/documents/2018-05/Estate-Regeneration.pdf / https://www.communityledhousing.london/projects/

2. Transitional Housing


[5] https://www.polyu.edu.hk/disi/images/pdf/TSH_report.pdf

[6] Paragraph 93 https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2020/eng/p91.html

3. Substandard housing conditions in Subdivided Units


[7] Paragraph 94 https://www.policyaddress.gov.hk/2020/eng/p94.html

Conclusion

We recognize that effective housing solutions must address the right to adequate housing as outlined by UN Habitat. In housing projects – whether it be new builds or addressing substandard living conditions in existing builds, we urge the HKSAR Government to consider and apply the elements of the right to adequate housing: security of tenure, availability of services, affordability, habitability, accessibility, location and cultural adequacy.

In consideration of all the above initiatives and more, we urge the HKSAR Government to make every effort to align all housing initiatives to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goal 11 – making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, with a particular focus on 11.1, that is to ensure access for all to adequate, safe and affordable housing and basic services, and upgrading urban slums.

To discuss how to get involved with Habitat for Humanity and support our public policy and research work, please email Megumi Harker, Public Policy & Research Manager at:

megumi.harker@habitat.org.hk

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Related document: Our submission to the 2020 Policy Address (Click to view)



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