SOWK Noon Time Dialogue - Is Social Housing a Solution?
The Department of Social Work hosted a noon-time Dialogue on “Is Social Housing a Solution?” on 16 November 2017. Ms. Jay Yam, Community Organiser of Concerning Grassroot Housing Right Alliance and Mr. Charles Ho, Project Director of Policy Research and Advocacy (Community Housing Movement), Hong Kong Council of Social Service were invited as the guest speakers. Over 30 students and faculty staff attended the dialogue and actively exchanged with the speakers.
Ms. Yam and Mr. Ho shared their experience in developing social housing and revealed the limitations with the Government’s initiatives on community housing while the participants expressed their concern about the problems with social housing, including rationalising unreasonable living space, helping developers convert the use of their agricultural land, and whitewashing the flats acquired in improper ways. Both speakers stressed that their shared housing units would comply with the safety and legal requirements. Nevertheless, they agreed that social housing is a compromised solution. They also urged the Government not to shirk responsibilities of introducing rent regulations and strengthening protection to tenants interests as well as increasing public housing supply.