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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

New quarantine hotel list issued

A total of 31 hotels will provide about 8,500 rooms under the fourth cycle of the Designated Quarantine Hotel Scheme, the Government announced today.   It issued letters to about 2,000 hotels with valid hotel or guesthouse licences on May 4 to invite applications for enlisting as designated quarantine hotels in the fourth cycle and 48 hotels applied.   Upon assessment, 31 hotels, including 30 in the third cycle, were shortlisted to provide about 8,500 rooms of various types and rates for selection by people arriving in Hong Kong from places outside China.   The contract period is from June 20 to August 31.   The Government continues to provide more hotels offering lower room rates in this new cycle after considering the market demand. The number of hotels offering room rates at $500 or below will increase from 13 to 17.   The first and second cycles of the scheme each involving 36 hotels ended on February 19 and April 20. There are 30 hotels in the third cycle, which will end on June 19.
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