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Monday, January 4, 2016, 17:00

Applications open for low-income subsidy

By Zhao Chunan / chinadailyasia.com

Applications open for low-income subsidy

The Chairperson of the Community Care Fund Task Force under the Commission on Poverty, Dr Law Chi-kwong (right), holds a press briefing Jan 4, 2016 to announce details of the third launch of the "One-off Living Subsidy for Low-income Households Not Living in Public Housing and Not Receiving CSSA" assistance programme. The Principal Assistant Secretary for Home Affairs (Community Care Fund), Mr Nick Au Yeung (left), also attended the event. (Photo / Hong Kong Government)

HONG KONG - Community Care Fund (CCF) released on Monday its third round of subsidies for low-income families not living in public housing and who also do not draw Comprehensive Social Security Assistance.

The new fund, with HK$560 million earmarked for 175,000 people, has as its intended beneficiary families with maximum five members.

The amount of one-off subsidy for families with one to four members remains unchanged this time, with HK$4000 for each single-member family, HK$8000 for each two-member family, HK$8000 for each three-member family and HK$13,000 for each four-member family. The latest subsidy specifically targets five-member families, which each eligible for a one-off HK$14,000 grant.

Law Chi-kwong, chairman of the Community Care Fund Task Force, said such subsidies would not become regular.

The wage cap for applicants has been reduced by 4.8 percent and the rent paid by the applicants should not exceed half of their total wages. Eligible applicants include families living in rented private housing and homeless people. Application will be accepted from Jan 4, 2016 to August 31, 2016.

CCF is a charitable trust established in early 2011, with the objective to provide assistance to people facing economic difficulties, in particular those who fall outside the social security net or those who enjoy such protection but have special circumstances not covered under the current schemes.

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