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Cash allowance scheme set

(To watch the full press conference with sign language interpretation, click here.)   The Government will launch a three-year Cash Allowance Trial Scheme in late June to alleviate the livelihood difficulties faced by grassroots families who have been waiting for public rental housing for a long time.   At a press conference this afternoon, Permanent Secretary for Transport & Housing (Housing)/Director of Housing Agnes Wong said the cash allowance is not a rent subsidy and the recipients are not required to use it to pay for rent.   “This is purely to relieve their financial pressure while waiting for public rental housing.      “We aim to send out around 90,000 application forms to the eligible applicants by the end of this month. We urge them to complete the form and return it to us as soon as possible.”   The cash allowance amount is determined by the number of people in a public rental housing application who meet all eligibility criteria.   Along with other criteria

Living subsidy applications to open

The Community Care Fund will start accepting applications from two-person households for the One-off Living Subsidy for Low-income Households Not Living in Public Housing & Not Receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Programme tomorrow.   The fund launched the second round of the programme on January 4 to relieve the financial pressure on low-income households.   Beneficiaries should currently be renting accommodation on a monthly basis or for longer tenures in private housing, industrial buildings, commercial buildings or social housing operated by non-governmental organisations (NGOs).   People renting bedspaces offered under the Home Affairs Department's Singleton Hostel Programme or bedspaces in hostels operated by NGOs for rehabilitated offenders, residing in temporary housing as well as those living on board vessels or are homeless can also apply.   They should not be receiving CSSA or own any property in Hong Kong and their monthly income must not exceed $22,000.   Their monthly rent for private housing, industrial buildings, commercial buildings or social housing should not exceed $11,000.   Eligible households that benefited from the first round of the programme which was launched between July 2 and November 30 last year, can also apply for the second round. The fund will accept applications from three-person households from March 1 and all households from April 1. Applications can be submitted until May 31.   Call 2180 6666 for enquiries.
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