Shocking photos of cramped Hong Kong apartments

Shocking photos of cramped Hong Kong apartments

Credit: Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex / Rex USA

Editorial Use Only. No stock, books, advertising or merchandising without photographer's permission Mandatory Credit: Photo by Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex / Rex USA (1254664d) (Cropped picture) An elderly person living in urban slums in Hong Kong. Shocking aerial photos of cramped Hong Kong apartments, Hong Kong - 22 Feb 2013 FULL COPY: http://www.rexfeatures.com/nanolink/k4y9 For people living in the west, it's hard to imagine anyone living in an apartment this small. But for some of the poorest people in Hong Kong this is their home, all 40 square-foot of it. The Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) has released a set of birds-eye images of low-income families, singletons, elderly and unemployed people living in urban slums to highlight the housing problem in Hong Kong. Director of SoCO, Ho Hei-Wah says: "By taking these photos of inadequate housing we have uncovered the problems and want to arouse public and government concern over the issue. "These people have to afford an expensive rent rate; it equals to approximately GBP 6-7.50 per square foot per month and sometimes have to wait years for public rental housing because they have so few in Hong Kong."

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by ABC NEWS

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 28, 2013 at 11:08 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 6 at 4:47 PM

(ABC NEWS) -- American cities recently have proposed 300-square-foot or smaller “micro” apartments, but 40 square feet already is the norm for some of the poorest residents in Hong Kong.
The Society for Community Organization (SoCO) has released these overhead photos showing how people live in tiny, cramped Hong Kong apartments to highlight the ongoing housing problems in one of the richest cities in the world. Most of the residents in these urban slums are low-income families, elderly and unemployed. The smallest apartment the SoCO visited was 28 square feet, rented by an unemployed single man.

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PHOTO CREDT: Photos by Benny Lam/SoCO/Rex / Rex USA

 

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