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Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance for Beneficiaries of the “Community Housing Movement”

$d Background and Objectives
$d Target Beneficiaries
$d Application Procedures
$d Vetting of Applications
$d Disbursement of Allowance
$d Responsibilities of the Applicant
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$d Background and Objectives
 

A three-year Pilot Scheme on Relocation Allowance for Beneficiaries of the “Community Housing Movement” (“Pilot Scheme”) launches in December 2017 by the Community Care Fund (CCF) to provide subsidy for low-income households under the “Community Housing Movement” (CHM)(Note 1) to pay for removal expenses. The Pilot Scheme, administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD), will start from December 28, 2017 until December 27, 2020.

 
Note 1: The Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) launched the three-year CHM in October 2017 to provide short-term accommodation and support services to individuals or households in need of transitional housing. They may be currently living in inadequate housing conditions, with low income and an urgent need for community support. Non-governmental organisations or social enterprises are appointed by the HKCSS to operate the CHM and provide support services. Please visit the relevant website (www.hkcss.org.hk) for details of the CHM.

 

$d Target Beneficiaries
 
The beneficiary households shall meet the following criteria:
  
  • The applicant and household member(s) residing with him/her(Note 2) shall be a beneficiary household under the CHM(Note 3); and
  • The monthly personal/household income must not exceed the income limit for public rental housing application under the Hong Kong Housing Authority (please refer to Annex 1). For the calculation of income, please refer to the Guide on Reporting Income at Annex 2.
   
Note 2: The applicant under the Pilot Scheme must be the same as the beneficiary applicant under the CHM. In general, household members residing with the applicant refer to the applicant and all household members residing with him/her in the rental unit allocated under the same CHM application. The applicant and household member(s) residing with him/her must be Hong Kong residents.
 
Note 3: The beneficiary household refers to persons who have signed a tenancy contract/agreement with a service operator under the CHM for renting a CHM unit.

 

   
$d Application Procedures
 
During the implementation period of the Pilot Scheme, an eligible household may approach service operators of the CHM for a brief and an application form to apply for relocation allowance(Note 4). The completed application form shall be submitted together with the following required documents, by post or by hand, to the CCF Team of the SWD for vetting:
   
  • a copy of the applicant’s identity document;
  • a copy of the tenancy contract/agreement for the CHM unit concerned; and
  • a copy of the document of the bank account specified by the applicant for receiving the allowance through autopay (the account must be a local Hong Kong Dollar sole-name savings/current account; the name of the account holder and the account number must be clearly shown on the document, which can be a bank statement or the first page of a bankbook, for example. A copy of an Automatic Teller Machine card will not be accepted). For applicants receiving Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA), the bank account for receiving allowance must be the same as that for receiving CSSA.
   
Note 4: An eligible household may apply for the relocation allowance right after signing a tenancy contract/agreement with a service operator for renting a CHM unit. As eligible households may not be able to submit application in time for various reasons, the Pilot Scheme allows a grace period whereby an application made by an eligible household within three months from the “commencement date” as stated in a tenancy contract/agreement signed under the CHM will be accepted.

 

   
$d Vetting of Applications
   
  • Applications will be processed by the SWD on the basis of the information submitted by eligible households. Upon completion of the vetting procedures, the SWD will notify the relevant persons of the results in writing and disburse the allowance to eligible households.
  • In making an application, the applicant is not required to submit relevant proof of income. The SWD will conduct random checks in the course of processing the application or after the disbursement of allowance, and the relevant persons will be required to provide detailed information of their income together with relevant documents for verification.
   
   
$d Disbursement of Allowance
   
  • Under the Pilot Scheme, each beneficiary household will receive a one-off fixed relocation allowance, the rate of which will be determined by the SWD according to the size of the eligible households(Note 5). The amount of allowance payable to eligible households is set out below:
     
    Household Size Amount of Relocation Allowance ($)
    1 3,076
    2-3 7,028
    4 or above 9,263
     
  • Upon completion of the vetting procedures, the allowance will be deposited by the SWD directly to the eligible applicant’s authorised bank account.
   
Note 5: Any relocation/removal allowance granted to the applicant and household member(s) residing with him/her from other sources (e.g. special domestic removal grant under CSSA, charitable funds including the Li Po Chun Charitable Trust Fund, the Tang Shiu Kin and Ho Tim Charitable Fund, the Brewin Trust Fund and the Kwan Fong Trust Fund for the Needy, and another CCF assistance programme known as “Relocation Allowance for Residents of Illegal Domestic Premises in Industrial Buildings who Have to Move out as a result of the Buildings Department’s Enforcement Action”, etc.) for the current relocation to a CHM rental unit shall be reported in the application form. The CCF Team of the SWD will deduct the amount of other subsidies already granted to the applicant from the relocation allowance payable to him/her under the Pilot Scheme.

 

   
$d Responsibilities of the Applicant
   
  • Upon disbursement of allowance, the SWD will verify whether the beneficiary household has moved into the unit concerned as scheduled. The beneficiary household shall submit to the SWD the rental receipt for the first month of moving into the CHM unit for record and proof. Failure to move into the unit concerned as scheduled upon receipt of allowance will render the beneficiary household ineligible for any allowance under the Pilot Scheme. The overpaid allowance will have to be returned.
  • The applicant has to read Part 6 “Declaration and Undertaking by Applicant” of the application form carefully and sign for confirmation before submitting the application. Information provided by the applicant must be true, correct and complete. In case of any change of the relevant information, the applicant must notify the CCF Team of the SWD as soon as possible. The applicant must provide detailed information for verification when the SWD conducts random checks on his/her case. Any amount verified as overpayment will have to be returned.
  • The applicant is required to cooperate with the SWD in an opinion survey and evaluation study conducted on the Pilot Scheme.
   
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