What do you know about homelessness in Hong Kong?

My friends from Hong Kong a while back told me when an older member of families got too troublesome or expensive to keep, their kin would take them to another city and abandon them to live on the street. Sad.

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When you walk through bridges, pedestrian underpasses and parks, you may see homeless people are resting on their “beds”.  While you may feel uncomfortable in seeing them, have you ever wondered the situation of the homelessness in Hong Kong?

In 2013, Hope Hong Kong conducted a comprehensive survey
on homelessness and discovers that:

1. Approximately 0.02% (1414 people) of the population of HK
are homelessness in 2013
(through headcount on street, temporary shelters / urban hostels and empty beds)

2. Most of the homeless people are OLD
(two-thirds
of the homeless people were aged above 50,
the youngest being 21, the oldest aged 90)

3. Not everyone depends on welfare benefits
about half of the homeless people do not receive welfare benefits
– Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA)

4. Majority of them choose not to be on CSSA
because they want to be self-reliance and not wanting to rely on the government

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About tjmcfee

Freelance writer. Activist on homeless issues. 48 years old. I write about subjects that need to be examined closely and thoughtfully. The idea for Brain Sections came from reading a book about abandoned asylums. I wanted to set a suspense story in that setting. The inclusion of crazed scientists turning homeless people into zombies is what makes the story unique. View all posts by tjmcfee

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