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 2022, the average waiting time for general applicants who were housed to PRH in the past 12 months was 6.0 years. Among them, the average waiting time for elderly one-person applicants was 4.1 years. In the second quarter of 2022, about 5 300 general applicants were housed to PRH, about 730 of which were elderly one-person applicants. On the other hand, about 580 non-elderly one-person applicants under the Quota and Points System were housed to PRH in the same quarter.
While the average waiting time for general applicants has slightly reduced by 0.1 year over the last quarter (i.e. end-March 2022), the average waiting time for elderly one-person applicants remained at 4.1 years. The change in average waiting time in the second quarter of 2022 over the last quarter was very mild, representing some slight fluctuations between quarters.
As at end-June 2022, there were about 144 200 general applications for PRH, and about 98 400 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.