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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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On Public Housing Policy and Social Justice

On Public Housing Policy and Social Justice

(p.65) 9 On Public Housing Policy and Social Justice
Hong Kong Land for Hong Kong People

Yue Chim Richard Wong

Hong Kong University Press

Both public rental housing and HOS housing in Hong Kong are financed through monetizing part of the land values of the HOS units. The land values are not fully monetized because part of the land premium is still unpaid and not wholly settled with the Housing Authority. It would make good sense today to develop a single subsidized housing program so the units are available for both rent and purchase, tenants having the option of renting first and purchasing later, as in the case of Singapore’s public housing scheme. Our low-income households would be more than willing to purchase these units if they were priced at an affordable level for them. As long as they are priced to cover at least full development costs, the government would be able to finance the entire cost of providing subsidized housing through monetizing land values. These low-income households would be able to benefit at nobody else’s expense. This would drive government spending on housing down to zero and would help reduce government spending pressure enormously, making scarce government revenues available for other uses.

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

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