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Assisting Households in Ageing Districts

Redevelopment is more than just replacing buildings with new stock, but also about improving the living standards of displaced households. A majority of the buildings in our redevelopment projects are dilapidated, with safety hazards and hygiene problems. During 2019/20, acquisition offers were made to the owners of 374 property interests in two projects. The cash compensation and ex-gratia payments allow affected domestic owner-occupiers to purchase replacement premises that are in better condition than their existing ones.

With a view to enabling the residents to retain their social network in the neighbourhood, a flat-for-flat (FFF) option is also available for those domestic owner-occupiers who prefer to buy a flat at the same site after redevelopment (in-situ FFF units) or a flat at a new development in the same district. Alternatively, they may also choose to buy a flat at the completed Kai Tak Development. As of June 2020, a total of 31 owners had taken up the offers comprising 27 FFF units in the Kai Tak Development and four in-situ FFF units.

The URA also takes responsibility to look after the need of affected domestic tenants by offering cash compensation or rehousing in public rental flats or units in the URA’s Rehousing Blocks. Our staff often go the extra mile to help, whenever practicable, the affected tenants to address individual needs.

 

Assisting Households in Ageing District

Engaging the Community and Promoting Understanding

The URA commits to take forward the “people-first” approach in its urban renewal work across different stakeholders – the affected households and community members. The URA has implemented a Project Engagement Programme since 2016 to strengthen out-reach support and establish relationships with affected residents and owners of the properties in URA’s redevelopment projects which brought positive outcomes to its acquisition and rehousing process. In 2019/20, the programme was conducted for three redevelopment projects, namely Queen’s Road West/In Ku Lane (C&W-006) in Central and Western District; Wing Kwong Street/Sung On Street (KC-014) in To Kwa Wan and Kai Tak Road/Sa Po Road (KC-015) in Kowloon City, with visits paid to about 645 residents and owners.

In building a cohesive community, the URA appointed Social Ventures Hong Kong to conduct a Community Making study to gather inputs from the stakeholders of the Staunton Street/Wing Lee Street Project (H19) for building a pilot project that endeavours to integrate residents’ aspiration in the planning process for deriving a proposal that could connect people and places. The study was completed in 2019 and its key findings enabled the establishment of several key visions and directions for urban renewal in the area, which would be supported by various community making initiatives in the coming years.

On promoting public understanding on the work of URA, a series of briefings was arranged following the 2019 District Council (DC) Election, to introduce to newly elected DC members of designated districts with URA projects the issues of urban decay and urban renewal work and initiatives undertaken by the URA. Meanwhile, briefing sessions were also held across the city to brief the public on the implementation details and application of various building rehabilitation.

 

Community farm

 

Briefing to DC

Equipping Owners with Knowledge and Empowering Them to Organise Rehabilitation Works

Proper building rehabilitation and regular maintenance is the key to extend the serviceability and structural stability of buildings and hence help to slow down the pace of urban decay. A comprehensive survey conducted by the URA under its New Strategy on Building Rehabilitation revealed that building owners lack the capability to organise rehabilitation works, nor can they afford the rehabilitation costs. To bridge the affordability gaps, the URA provides building owners with financial support through various subsidy schemes, in particular, extra assistance is given to elderly and needy owners.

In addition to financial assistance, the URA also empowers building owners to organise maintenance works through equipping them with knowledge ranging from procurement of contractors and consultants, specifications of work scope, to responsibilities and liabilities of the parties involved, as well as professional advices and technical assistances by way of an all-in-one information platform – Building Rehabilitation Platform

 

Inspection