Hongkong Land HOME FUND launches new initiatives to alleviate housing-related social issues in Hong Kong | Taiwan News

HONG KONG SAR – Media OutReach – January 13, 2022 – The Hong Kong Land HOME FUND (“HOME FUND”) is today realizing its vision to alleviate housing-related social problems in Hong Kong with the introduction of new and expanded CSR projects. Just weeks after its first anniversary in November, HOME FUND is partnering with new non-governmental organizations (“NGOs”) and other organizations to support disadvantaged young people and their families in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Land HOME FUND is working with the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation at Hong Kong Polytechnic University to provide furniture designed to encourage the learning development of children living in compartmentalized units.

Relieving social problems related to housing is a central focus of HOME FUND’s mission. The fund was established in November 2020 to empower the younger generation, promote social inclusion and support those facing housing-related challenges.

The three new projects include:

  • Design, manufacture and sale of furniture for children in shared apartments in collaboration with the Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (“PolyU’s JCDISI”), The Salvation Army, Caritas and HKSKH Lady MacLehose Center
  • Provision of short-term accommodation and social services for families with urgent housing needs in cooperation with Caritas
  • The campus renovation of Christian Zheng Sheng College, administered by Hong Kong Land and carried out together with business partners

“In line with HOME FUND’s mission to alleviate housing-related challenges and promote a more inclusive society, I am excited to introduce new projects that are helping economically disadvantaged young people and families by improving their living environments,” said Robert Wong, Chief Executive from Hong Kong country. “HOME FUND has used the Hong Kong country ecosystem of partners from business, NGOs and science to offer our future generations a better future.”

Promotion of the learning development of children who live in subdivided living units through ergonomically designed furniture

With support from HOME FUND, PolyU’s JCDISI worked with the School of Design, the Department of Biomedical Engineering, and the School of Optometry to design, manufacture, distribute, and service a range of furniture, including: Table, chair, stool, leg rests, reading board, pillows and lighting, ergonomically designed for children who live in divided living units. Sustainable, portable and adaptable, they will be distributed to 2,000 children in Kowloon City, To Kwa Wan, Kwai Chung and the Eastern District from summer 2022. PolyU’s JCDISI will also serve SDU families as part of the aftercare and maintenance service.

“Thanks to HOME FUND we were able to refine the prototypes of the furniture and produce an ergonomically designed furniture set to encourage the development of children who live in divided living units,” said Kar-Kan Ling, Director of DISI. “Due to limited space and natural light, children living in compartmentalized units are prone to health problems, including visual and spinal problems that can affect their academic performance. This furniture set brings together the expertise of design, biomedical engineering and optometry and related health professionals to to improve children’s learning development. “

Support for low-income families with urgent housing needs

This project, financed by HOME FUND and in partnership with Caritas, aims to provide low-income families with urgent housing needs with short-term accommodation, social and health services, work opportunities and food. From February 2022, Caritas dormitories or their cooperation partners will provide more than 3,000 overnight stays for at least 100 people over a period of 12 months.

Improving student living conditions through renovation of Christian Zheng Sheng College campus

HOME FUND is working with eleven Hong Kong country business partners to renovate the campus and rehabilitation center of Christian Zheng Sheng College, a private boarding school dedicated to helping teenagers with drug and behavioral problems. The consultants and contractors with expertise in the areas of mass measurement, kitchen planning, building technology, mechanics, electrics, plumbing and drainage as well as sealing are long-term partners of Hong Kong Land and share HOME FUND’s vision of making a contribution to society. The renovation will focus on the kitchens and living areas and is intended to provide students with a better living and study environment.

HOME FUND manages the project and finances all building materials. The Hong Kong Land Project Department and its business partners have contributed more than 1,000 hours of work to date. Preparations for construction have started and the project is expected to be completed by the end of the second quarter.

The Futuremark project is being expanded to support divided tenants

HOME FUND is also expanding its existing Project Futuremark, which works with the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (“HKCSS”), to include young people and their families living in shared apartments in Yau. live to offer a range of education and life skills programs in Tsim Mong and Sham Shui Po districts. In the first quarter of 2022, a total of 32 programs with a focus on education, social contacts, family relationships and health will be started. Later in the year, new programs for high school students will offer company visits, job shadowing opportunities and career coaching to support their professional development and unlock their potential.

“One of HOME FUND’s roles is to address social issues related to housing in Hong Kong. The fund is in its second year and is well on its way to improving the quality of life of low-income households and promoting a more inclusive society ”with the launch of new housing-related projects and the expansion of existing programs since HOME FUND have brought excellent results, “said Natalie Wu, Senior CSR Manager of Hong Kong Country.

Notes for editors

Established in November 2020 with an initial investment of HK $ 100 million, the Hong Kong Land HOME FUND shows Hong Kong Land’s long-term commitment to the development of future generations and its commitment to promoting an inclusive society. The first initiatives of the Hong Kong Land HOME FUND aim to address long-term socio-economic problems by helping young people reach their potential and improve the standard of living and social advancement of low-income households.

Click here for more information on HOME FUND’s one year anniversary

Hong Kong country

Hong Kong Land is a major publicly traded real estate investment, management and development group. Established in 1889, Hong Kong Land’s company is built on excellence, integrity and partnership.

The group owns and manages more than 850,000 m². of prime office and luxury retail properties in major Asian cities, mainly Hong Kong, Singapore, Beijing and Jakarta. Its characteristics attract the world’s leading companies and luxury brands.

The Group’s portfolio in Central Hong Kong comprises around 450,000 m². of first class property. It has another 165,000 square meters. of prestigious Singapore office space held primarily through joint ventures, a luxury retail center in Wangfujing, Beijing, and a 50% interest in a leading office complex in Central Jakarta. The group also has a number of high quality residential, commercial and mixed use projects under development in cities across China and Southeast Asia. In Singapore, the subsidiary MCL Land is an established residential developer.

Hong Kong Land Holdings Limited is incorporated in Bermuda and has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange with secondary listings in Bermuda and Singapore. The Group’s assets and investments are managed out of Hong Kong by Hongkong Land Limited. Hong Kong Land is a member of the Jardine Matheson Group.

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