Acting as a transitional social housing intermediary platform, the Hong Kong Council of Social Service is responsible to communicate with all stakeholders so as to facilitate and foster the operation of Community Housing Movement. Details related to collaborations between stakeholders will be further explained below.
Government and funders
Supplementary to granting financial support by the funders, government will also offer the intermediary with interdepartmental advices. Simultaneously, the intermediary will have to report on project progress and social impact assessment to the government and funders, and explore other policy alternatives in relation to social housing with associated government units.
Professional groups and sub-contractors
Professional groups and sub-contractors provide acknowledged guidance and support, regarding to insurance, legal consultation and construction, to the intermediary.
The intermediary aims to search for property owners to lease their units to Community Housing Movement at substantially-lower-than-market rent. The Project will subsidize renovation works so as to allow transforming the private flats into transitional social housing units. Recognized service operator will be assigned to recruit tenants later on. The intermediary and the owners will enter into a formal tenancy agreement and rent will be paid to the owners on a regular basis.
Service operators provide assistance in implementing Community Housing Movement by assisting in organizing recruitment and selection of suitable tenants, entering into rental agreements, furnish tenancy management to substantiate individuals’ independent living ability and gradually reduce reliance on the intermediary, and to evoke the neighborly atmosphere as well as encouraging communal participation.
The Project has set up a pre-qualification mechanism for interested NGOs and social enterprises. Interested NGOs and social enterprises can apply to become pre-qualified operators.
Satisfactory flats, complied with series of mechanism and standards concluded by the intermediary platform, will be assigned to service operators. Mutual tenancy agreements will be concluded by the intermediary platform and service operators later on. The intermediary platform will run constant supervision over the movement and assess impacts. Both the intermediary platform and service operators will work in joint effort to promote social housing and co-living practices.
Selected tenants, who satisfied the eligibility criteria, will have to learn about community development, neighborhood level community establishment, and make contribution to their community through the scheme.