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Community Care Fund extends subsidy for CSSA recipients living in rented private housing
The following is issued on behalf of the Community Care Fund Secretariat:

     The Community Care Fund (CCF) announced today (September 30) the arrangements for extending the assistance programme "Subsidy for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients Living in Rented Private Housing" (the programme). The programme is administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD).
     The programme was rolled out in October 2011 and was re-launched in September 2013, September 2014 and September 2015. It aims at providing a one-off subsidy to Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) households living in rented private housing and paying rent that exceeds the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme, so as to relieve their financial burden arising from the periodic increase of rent. The programme is extended this year to further alleviate the financial burden of the households concerned. 
     Beneficiaries should be, as at July 1, 2016, tenants of private housing receiving CSSA with monthly rental payment exceeding the maximum rent allowance under the CSSA Scheme. The CSSA recipients concerned are not required to submit applications. The SWD will identify eligible CSSA households according to their previously reported rental information. Each eligible one-person CSSA household and two-or-more-person household will be provided with a one-off subsidy of $2,000 and $4,000 respectively. The subsidy will be deposited directly into their bank accounts for CSSA payment from late November 2016 by the SWD.
     For details of the programme, please visit the CCF website (www.communitycarefund.hk) or the SWD website (www.swd.gov.hk). For enquiries, please call the CCF Team of the SWD on 3422 3090 during office hours.
Ends/Friday, September 30, 2016
Issued at HKT 14:00
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