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Source: Hong Kong Information Services

About 31,400 public rental housing (PRH) flats will be available for allocation in 2020-21.

The Housing Authority’s Subsidised Housing Committee today approved the allocation plan for 2020-21, in which about 14,900 new flats and about 16,500 refurbished units will be available for allocation to different types of applicants. About 22,000 flats will go to PRH applicants.  

A total of 420 flats will be reserved for those affected by clearance projects such as those in Hung Shui Kiu and Kwu Tung North/Fanling North New Development Area and clearance and resumption projects in Siu Lam, Tuen Mun.

A total of 2,400 flats, including some of the units in Pak Tin Estate Phases 7 and 8 and Wui Chi House of Tung Wui Estate, will also be reserved for the clearance of Blocks 9, 10, 11 and 13 at Pak Tin Estate and Mei Tung House and Mei Po House in Mei Tung Estate.

Additionally, the Housing Authority was briefed on the actual allocation in 2019-20. It was originally estimated that 24,100 PRH flats could be allocated but the actual figure was 17,500 units.

The authority said the major reason for the difference in the number of flats allocated was that the Government had to use 4,846 flats of Chun Yeung Estate in Fo Tan as a quarantine centre in response to the development of COVID-19.

This is in addition to the 952 flats in Fai Ming Estate in Fanling that were maliciously and seriously damaged.

Furthermore, 852 flats in Block 1 of Hoi Tat Estate in West Kowloon were completed later than scheduled and they were not ready for intake by the end of March, it added.

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