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Help Us Stay and Thrive Beyond New Horizons

 

The New Horizons Building (NHB), headquarters and main service and training centre of Christian Action (CA), and nearby area along Wang Chiu Road is included in Hong Kong government’s redevelopment plan for the Kowloon East district. Currently under Planning Department’s consultation, once the plan is confirmed, the area will be redeveloped for public housing and a new secondary school; consequently NHB will be demolished. According to sources, NHB is included in the second phase of this plan; the earliest time for this phase to begin would be in 2020.

For over 30 years, NHB has been let to CA under Short Term Tenancy (STT) under an "Open Space" zone ("O" site), where we have been providing services to vulnerable groups within the community and neighbouring area. Since acknowledging the government's intention in 2014, CA has been communicating with various government parties to find the most appropriate solution that would pose the least disruption on our current social and training services. While progress has been slow, the recent development has been positive.

When the news about NHB made public in December, CA has collected over 1,000 signed letters and cards from service users, corporate clients, partners and staff to appeal to retain NHB. On 10 January 2017 CA handed in these appeals, along with a petition letter, to the Kwun Tong District Council with one clear request: to seek support from the district councillors in urging the government to retain NHB, so that CA can continue filling the service gaps for the existing and new residents in Kowloon East. Many district councillors have expressed their support. Recently, CA has also received a notice from Labour and Welfare Bureau to extend our lease at NHB from March 2017 to 30 June 2018. When the news about NHB made public in December, CA has collected over 1,000 signed letters and cards from service users, corporate clients, partners and staff to appeal to retain NHB. On 10 January 2017 CA handed in these appeals, along with a petition letter, to the Kwun Tong District Council with one clear request: to seek support from the district councillors in urging the government to retain NHB, so that CA can continue filling the service gaps for the existing and new residents in Kowloon East. Many district councillors have expressed their support. Recently, CA has also received a notice from Labour and Welfare Bureau to extend our lease at NHB from March 2017 to 30 June 2018.

CA is not opposed to public housing development. Yet, while we fully recognise the needs in developing housing, we urge the government to consider fulfilling social service needs within the district – especially for the incoming grassroots community that will come with the new housing development. We believe that public housing and secondary school can be built and coexist with NHB in the same area. Along with the petition letter, we have also submitted a few site reconfiguration proposals for Government and concerned parties to consider, so that even with public housing plan in progress, CA can still continue its services at NHB.

CA believes that the demolition of NHB will cause a disruption to our services, where our service users will be the most affected. This may pose a further impact to the social welfare, leading to more issues such as rising unemployment in the grassroots community. We urge the government to reconsider and allow us to stay, so that we can continue to fill the service gaps for existing and new residents in Kowloon East.


Christian Action


24 January 2017
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