Community Isolation Facilities to Be Repurpose as Residential Use

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Hong Kong, 13 April 2022 — Chief Executive Carrie Lam announced that three public housing blocks and two transitional housing premises, converted into community isolation facilities (CIFs) earlier, will be returned to their original use.

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Agreement for Construction Projects of Community Isolation & Treatment Facilities

“In light of the latest downward trend and the decrease in the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, we have concluded we have an adequate supply of CIFs. Instead of preserving every CIF for anticipated use—because they are minimal resources with other purposes, like hotel rooms, they should be for arrivals and housing units should be for people to improve their living conditions—the Government has been vigorously reviewing the situation. When possible, we try to make adjustments to enable some of these facilities to be returned to their original purpose.

“Together with Secretary for Transport & Housing Frank Chan, I am announcing that some 5,500 housing units in three blocks in two public housing estates and two pretty large transitional housing projects will be returned so that several thousands of families could improve their living conditions shortly.”

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Handover of Tsing Yi Community Isolation Facility (CIF) and Other CIFs

The three public housing blocks, namely Blocks 1 and 7 of Queen’s Hill Estate in Fanling and Heng King House of Lai King Estate, will be handed back to the Housing Authority at the end of this month. The intake for these buildings is expected to start in phases between late May and mid-June.

The two transitional housing projects in Yuen Long will be returned to the respective operating organisations next week. Families who have been allocated a flat will be allowed to move in within the month of May. — Construction+ Online