Community Housing Movement is a social movement launched by the HKCSS with the joint efforts of The Community Chest of Hong Kong, Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Development Fund (SIE Fund), landlords, and NGOs/social enterprises (SEs), supported by the Government. The HKCSS plays the role of an intermediary platform in soliciting and renovating idle residential properties from private developers, and then sublet it to the eligible NGOs/SEs as qualified operators in order to lower their operational risk and cost. Besides, through partnership with a range of professional bodies, the HKCSS helps with handling the related building and management matters such as site inspection, renovation, tenancy agreement drafting, or other relevant contraction tasks etc.
The core idea of the project is not to meet the housing needs in a narrow sense, but to view the housing issue as citizen’s living issue; apart from the building conditions, the project has a strong focus on improving citizen’s community life in their respective residential districts. In other words, the project emphasizes community-based empowerment in the sense that households can receive community support to tackle their living challenges; conversely, through participation, households contribute their talents to the community.
Its objective is, through the provision of transitional accommodation and support services, to provide a short-term relief for individuals or families which are:
- proven to be in need of transitional housing (queued for Public Rental Housing (PRH) for no less than 3 years, or those with other long-term housing arrangement)
- currently living in dismal and inadequate housing conditions
- low income and in urgent need for community support
The housing is transitional in nature. This, on top of accommodation, pre-qualified service operators will provide community-based social services and work with tenants to develop their capacity for living independently in the community after the service.