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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) has extended the assistance programme Subsidy for Comprehensive Social Security Assistance Recipients Living in Rented Private Housing. The six-month programme is administered by the Social Welfare Department (SWD).
     The programme, rolled out in October 2011, was launched annually in September 2013 to 2016. It was relaunched for two years in November 2017, and extended for six months in November 2019 and in May 2020 respectively. 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 (MRA) under the CSSA Scheme, so as to relieve their financial burden arising from the periodic increase of rent. The SWD has now extended the programme for six months to the end of April 2021. 
     Beneficiaries should be, as at July 31, 2020, tenants of private housing receiving CSSA with monthly rental payment exceeding the MRA under the CSSA Scheme. The CSSA recipients concerned are not required to submit applications as the SWD will identify eligible CSSA households based on information on reported rental records as at July 31, 2020, under the extended period of six months (from November 2020 to April 2021). In accordance with the current model of operation, the monthly subsidy will be calculated based on the reported rental records as at July 31, 2020. The monthly subsidy will be either 50 per cent of the portion of the rental amount exceeding the applicable MRA or 15 per cent of the applicable MRA at the aforementioned date, whichever is the less. The subsidy will be disbursed during the further extended period of the programme in one go. It is expected to be deposited directly into the eligible CSSA households' bank accounts for CSSA payment from late January 2021.

     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 at 3422 3090 during office hours.
Ends/Thursday, December 24, 2020
Issued at HKT 14:30
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