Monthly Archives: October 2014

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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homelessness

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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Ever Wondered What To Say To A Homeless Person? Here Are 5 Things to Say And 5 Things Not to Say

Nice, handy tips.

The Cycle of Peace

When you see a homeless person, what do you do?

Most of us tend to have the same response: We avoid eye contact and walk a little faster. But you might also ponder the situation, thinking to yourself, What’s his story? How did this happen to her? How long have they lived on the streets? Maybe you even wanted to help, but didn’t know how to start a conversation.

Should you decide to talk to one of the more than 600,000 homeless individuals in the United States, what you say is vitally important. Utter the wrong thing, and you make a person in crisis feel less than human. Make the right comment, however, and you just might provide the help that he or she so desperately needs. Here’s what the experts advise saying and what’s better left unsaid.

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