Hong Kong has the highest income gap between the rich and the poor of any developed economy in the world.
One of the world's top financial centers, Hong Kong is also home to many people living in poverty. In September 2013, the government set a poverty line and declared that about 1.3 million residents fall below this threshold.
Hong Kong's Gini coefficient in 2011 was 0.537
19.6% of the population lives in poverty
1 in 3 elderly people are classified as "poor"
1 in 5 children live in low-income housing
39,800 households in Sham Shui Po are poor
Target Community: Sham Shui Po
In seeking to address poverty in Hong Kong, Hope of the City has selected Sham Shui Po as our "target community" for spiritual, relational and material impact. Sham Shui Po is a densely populated area where many low-income families/elderly live in partitioned flats and struggle with food prices. It was identified as one of Hong Kong's poorest districts by the Census & Statistics Department and a survey conducted in January 2012 showed that 76% of residents lack secondary school education.
Hope of the City has mapped out the "L-Corridor" as our service boundary lines within the district. The majority of our partner organisations are situated within these streets and serve the families who fall between the "cracks" in the social welfare system.