70 year old Lau Kai-fai and his family recently started making themselves at home in a 27 sqm prefabricated flat in Sham Shui Po district of Hong Kong. The apartment is a modular unit that is part of a transitional social housing project in this low-income area of the city.
The flats are meant to provide temporary accommodation to families in need or people waiting for an opening in public housing blocks. These transitional homes are built on idle land leased by the government or private developers for only a few years, although the prefab modules can be moved and reused. The initiative is geared towards easing the country’s housing shortage, where more than 200,000 people living in subdivided flats are waiting an average 5.5 years to get public housing. Read more about this story here.