According to a recent government report, Hong Kong’s 86,400 subdivided flats are home for close to 200,000 people.
The Urban Renewal Authority and the Hong Kong Housing Society have rolled out revitalization projects in Sham Shui Po, but the impact has yet to be felt for many living in the city’s poorest suburb.
A six-story housing block above the Apliu Street electronic market is home to locals, Mainland Chinese migrants and refugees.
A steep staircase is the only form of access into the building, and proves troubling for elderly and disabled residents.
Yu King Hon has lived in his two-bedroom flat for over 40 years.
The 67-year-old retiree lives with his wife, three adult daughters and one adult son.
“It’s very common for people in this building to live in subdivided flats near people they don’t know and pay just a little less than I do,” he said.
Mr Yu’s rent is HK$4000 a month.
Ushanthan, a 26-year-old Sri Lankan refugee, has been living on the floor above Mr Yu for five years.
He shares his flat with another two Sri Lankan refugees.
“I’m a refugee so I can’t work.”
The government pays the monthly HK$7000 rent for the flat.
This photo story was produced for the JOUR7040 Multimedia Journalism course at Hong Kong Baptist University.