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Transitional Housing Project at Nam Cheong 220

Location and Environment

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 OrganisationThe Hong Kong Council of Social Service
(operated by Tung Wah Groups)
LocationNam Cheong Street, Sham Shui Po
No. of Units and Households89 units and approximately 162 residents
Project Data
  • 1 no. four-storey building
  • 35 nos. 1-person units
  • 29 nos. 2-person units
  • 23 nos. 3-person units
  • 2 nos. barrier-free units
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
Eligibility Criteria
  • Households proven to be in need of transitional housing (having waited for public rental housing (PRH) for at least 3 years); those who are inadequately housed; or low-income earners who are in urgent need of community support;
  • Hong Kong residents who have applied for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA); or working families meeting the requirements on monthly income and net asset limits for PRH application;
  • Priority of flat allocation is given to applicants who have not benefited from other forms of social housing schemes;
  • Successful applicants shall undertake to adhere to the service concept of Nam Cheong Street Modular Social Housing, be ready to contribute to the neighbourhood and actively participate in volunteer activities, including sharing things with neighbours, contributing their expertise, etc.
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.

Contact Information

Important Moments

December 2019 Kick-off for the Assembly Works

Open video: Nam Cheong 220 Assembly Project Launched

For the construction progress, please check out the video of the HKCSS:

Open video: Hong Kong Council of Social Service's Social Housing Project 'Nam Cheong 220

For the waterproof and fire safety design of the first modular social housing project, please check out the video of the HKCSS:

Open video: First Combined Social Housing Project Features Robust Design for Fire Safety and Wind Resistance

July 2020 Completion




For more about the works completion ceremony, please check out the video of the HKCSS:

Open video: First Combined Social Housing Project Completed in Hong Kong, Providing a Comfortable 'Home' for the Grassroots Community

August 2020 Intake

The Chief Executive inspected the intake situation (video and photos from the Information Services Department):

Open video: The Chief Executive inspected the intake situation (video and photos from the Information Services Department)

The Chief Executive inspects the intake situation

The Chief Executive inspects the intake situation

More Information

For more sharing of the residents, please check out the video of HKCSS:

Open video: Tung Wah Group of Hospitals Provides Comprehensive Support to Nan Chang 220 Residents, Resulting in Significant Improvements to Their Quality of Life After Moving In


1. The operating organisation may from time to time update or change the information of the project, including the eligibility criteria for application, rent level and related services. For latest information of the project, please visit the project website or contact the operating organisation.

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