Number of Applications and Average Waiting Time for Public Rental Housing
The Housing Authority’s objective is to provide public rental housing (PRH) to low-income families who cannot afford private rental accommodation, with the target of providing the first flat offer to general applicants (i.e. family and elderly one-person applicants) at around three years on average. The average waiting time* target of around three years is not applicable to non-elderly one-person applicants under the Quota and Points System.
As at end-June 2021, the average waiting time for general applicants who were housed to PRH in the past 12 months was 5.8 years. Among them, the average waiting time for elderly one-person applicants was 3.7 years. In the second quarter of 2021, about 3 400 general applicants were housed to PRH, about 500 of which were elderly one-person applicants. The average waiting time for elderly one-person applicants has increased by 0.1 year over the last quarter (i.e. end-March 2021) because some of these applicants who have been housed to PRH had been waiting for a long period of time, their waiting time was thus reflected in the latest average waiting time.
As at end-June 2021, there were about 153 600 general applications for PRH, and about 101 000 non-elderly one-person applications under the Quota and Points System.
*Waiting time basically refers to the time taken between registration for PRH and first flat offer, excluding any frozen period during the application period (e.g. when the applicant has not yet fulfilled the residence requirement; the applicant has requested to put his/her application on hold pending arrival of family members for family reunion; the applicant is imprisoned, etc).
Waiting time distribution of general applicants housed to public rental housing
In view of the public's concern about the waiting time of general applicants for PRH, the Housing Department conducts a special analysis on the housing situation of general applicants for PRH every year, including the waiting time distribution of general applicants housed to PRH in the past year. Please click the link below for the waiting time distribution of general applicants housed to PRH in the most recent analysis:
The above information only shows the waiting time distribution of general applicants housed to PRH between July 2019 and June 2020. Past trends are not indicative of the future. The information only serves as a general reference and should not be used as the basis for projecting the waiting time of individual applicants.