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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

Rents for new public housing flats set

The Housing Authority today said rents for 10,445 flats of nine blocks at a new public rental housing estate and two existing ones, to be completed between July and December, have been set at the best rent levels in their respective districts.   The best monthly rent in the urban district, at $93.8 per sq m, will apply to 1,040 flats in Hoi Shing House of Hoi Tat Estate.   The best monthly rent in Kwai Chung District, at $90.7 per sq m, will apply to 540 flats in Heng King House of Lai King Estate.   Fanling District's best monthly rent of $66.5 per sq m will apply to 8,865 flats in seven blocks of Queen’s Hill Estate.   Under this rent-fixing exercise, the rent for more than 91.6% of the flats are below $2,500 per month.   The authority noted that the rents are heavily subsidised and are inclusive of rates, management fees and maintenance costs.   Those who are allocated new flats but cannot afford the rents may request refurbished flats at lower rents or apply for assistance under the Rent Assistance Scheme, it added.
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