Hong Kong Housing Authority and Housing Department

Number of Applications and Average Waiting Time for Public Rental Housing

Number of Applications and Average Waiting Time for Public Rental Housing
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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-March 2022, the average waiting time for general applicants who were housed to PRH in the past 12 months was 6.1 years. Among them, the average waiting time for elderly one-person applicants was 4.1 years. In the first quarter of 2022, about 6 000 general applicants were housed to PRH, about 520 of which were elderly one-person applicants. On the other hand, about 420 non-elderly one-person applicants under the Quota and Points System were housed to PRH in the same quarter.

The average waiting time for general applicants and elderly one-person applicants has increased by 0.1 year respectively over the last quarter (i.e. end-December 2021). This is mainly due to the phased intake of several large-scale public rental estate projects, including Queens Hill Estate in Fanling, Hoi Tat Estate and Pak Tin Estate in Sham Shui Po in the first quarter of 2022. As a result, a large number of general applicants who had been waiting for a long time were housed to PRH and their waiting time was thus reflected in the latest average waiting time.

As at end-March 2022, there were about 147 500 general applications for PRH, and about 97 700 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 2020 and June 2021.  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.

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