housing, crisis, hong kong, architect, modular, avoid obvious, urban planning

Homeless Coliving

Civic + Public, NGO, Residential, Urban Planning, Hong Kong

 

Our Visions: 

  1. Re:connect will provide 240 units for singletons to mitigate the housing shortage problem for at-risk individual and homeless in Shum Shui Po
  2. The project will use the area below the West Kowloon Corridor and a new modular building to connect the old and new Shum Shui Po. Our project will be a new destination to the community. 
  3. The team will areate good social program for singleton’s coliving. We will connect them to the community. The programs will be replicableThe image of Hong Kong singletons is negative, and this project is aimed to rebrand their images in the near future 

Our Targets: 

  1. There are many single people living on the street and subdivided flats in Shum Shui Po. The number of cityside homeless rose by 51% in 5 years. They are forced into their situations due to high rental price, health and other social problems. 
  2. The Community doesn’t want to see homeless on Tung Chau Street. The government is forcing them elsewhere but not giving them a proper solution.
  3. Homeless can’t get stable job without a permanent address. It forced them to be stuck in the homeless category. 
  4. Subdivided flat has bed insects. Even if people have money, it is still not sanitary to move to subdivided flats.  
  5. They can’t quit drug if they are still surrounded by drug addicts. They need a place to rebuild their circles of friends.  
  6. They can’t focus on work if the housing has too many rules. Some homeless projects close their door at 8pm. For a cleaning jobthey can’t even work at night to clean if their living places will be closed at 8pm.  
  7. Public rental housing has a long line. 100,000 people are waiting on line as single, but only 2200 is assigned to non-elderly single person in one year. In average, singletons enter the Public rental housing at the age 58. They are too close to retire at that age. It simply brings the aging problem to public housing. 
  8. Only 580 units available to single people. 
  9. Many community projects open as homeless shelter during cold winter. They are only seasonable and there is no privacy. 

Our Advantages: 

Our project will bridge the gap that many other similar projects failed to provide.  

 

  1. clean  
  2. single 
  3. affordable 
  4. immediate 
  5. allyear long 
  6. private 
  7. air conditioning 

Team:

Alfred Kwok – interior design

Angle Shih – social worker/Christian Concern For the Homeless Association

Bakkie Chan – social worker/SoCO

Charles Ho – real estate/HKCSS

Gordon Chick – social worker/SoCO

Karen Chan – urban planning

Paul Law – modular construction/Aluhouse Co. Ltd.

Sunnie Lau – architecture/SOSArchitecture Urban Design Limited

Vicky Chan – architecture/Avoid Obvious Architects

Wai Tung Ng – social worker/SoCo

Publication:

Hong Kong Housing Crisis

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