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Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People$
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Yue Chim Richard Wong

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208654

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208654.001.0001

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Setting the Scene

Setting the Scene

An Overview of Long-Term Housing Strategies in Hong Kong

(p.7) 2 Setting the Scene
Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Chapter 2 considers how Hong Kong got to where it is today. The history of Hong Kong’s housing strategy in the postwar era—and the one we still pursue—is best described as a massive attempt by government to provide rental shelter and homeownership for the population. Most people in Hong Kong are so accustomed to this provision that they hardly stop to think about what the government’s role in housing should be. The author believes that Hong Kong’s long-term housing goal should be to provide a mixture of public and private units so that at least 80% of permanent residents can become bona fide homeowners.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, Housing, Housing policy, Public Housing, Politics, Social mobility, Population, Economics, Growth

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