Nam Cheong 220 is the first structural steel social housing project in Hong Kong that has adopted the modular integrated construction (MiC) technology. The whole process, from the start of the assembly of units to the residents’ intake, took less than a year. Nam Cheong 220 targets those who have waited for public rental housing (PRH) for at least three years and are inadequately housed or low-income earners in urgent need of community support. It provides them with a more decent living environment before they are given the first flat offer.
|Operating Organisation||The Hong Kong Council of Social Service
(operated by Tung Wah Groups)
|Location||Nam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po|
|No. of Units and Households||89 units and approximately 162 residents|
|Provisions||Each unit is equipped with a bathroom with toilet and a cooking area.|
|Funding Scheme||Community Care Fund ($37.69 million)|
|Date of Commencement of Works||September 2019|
|Date of Completion||July 2020|
|Date of Intake||August 2020|
|Operation Period||2 years|
|Rent Level||With reference to the Community Housing Movement and the Rent Assistance Scheme of the Housing Authority, the rent is set in a range between the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme and the rent for PRH, or at a level not exceeding 25% of the household income, whichever is lower.|
|Description, Features and Services of Project||
With “sharing economy” as the service concept, the project aims at building a new co-living space where households can share their belongings, skills and time.
Building a Library of Things: Based on the concept of “borrowing/lending”, a wide variety of items are available for loan, e.g. household tools (mini drills, saws, etc.), small kitchen appliances (e.g. ovens, blenders), baking tools, stationery (photocopiers, sticker printers, etc.), leisure products (e.g. electronic keyboards, violins, bicycles, scooters, camping gear, etc.), interview attire and so on. An electronic application platform is developed for borrowing/lending, bartering, recording volunteer hours/services as well as redeeming goods or services.
Developing a Library of Skills: A concept of “talent bank” is introduced. The aim is to widely recruit and identify people with different skills in the community, including young people, middle-aged people, women and retired elderly people to take part in volunteering or serve as mentors in this “specialty store” in order to engage more community members in voluntary work.
Creating a Library of Times: A concept of “time service” is promoted. Tenants are encouraged to provide services in order to earn service hours, and exchange their accumulated service hours for daily necessities or services from the Library of Things. In this way, tenants can share their skills while giving back to the community.
Introducing a Saving Matching Scheme: The Scheme is launched with the aim of encouraging tenants to prepare for their future. A matching principle of 1:1 is adopted, with a maximum matching amount of $200 for each household per month. Households that have saved $4,800 at the end of two years will receive a matching grant of $4,800 as contingency money, which can be used for such purposes as moving out or purchasing furniture when their tenancy under the project terminates.
|December 2019||Kick-off for the Assembly Works
For the construction progress, please check out the video of the HKCSS:
For the waterproof and fire safety design of the first modular social housing project, please check out the video of the HKCSS:
For more about the works completion ceremony, please check out the video of the HKCSS:
The Chief Executive inspected the intake situation (video and photos from the Information Services Department):
For more sharing of the residents, please check out the video of HKCSS:
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