With the high demand for social housing units in the city, the Housing Bureau stated that the government is considering including regular social housing applications in the new system, but added that the new arrangement can only be made after completion of legislation of the Social Housing Law.
Meanwhile, the Bureau affirmed that the Social Housing Law bill has already entered legislative proceedings, stating that the legal affairs department is currently working on the legal analysis and verification.
Legislator Ella Lei Cheung I questioned the government about its schedule for the next round of social housing applications, saying the last application was opened in 2013.
Given the time required for the completion of the bill, the legislator enquired whether any policy was being set up to handle emergent needs.
The Housing Bureau replied that residents who are facing social, physical or mental crisis are qualified to apply for social housing.