The Hidden Crisis: When Home Repairs Become Unaffordable

Hong Kong’s affordable housing crisis has created a scarcity of decent, livable shelters for underprivileged residents living in substandard conditions. At the same time, home repair costs have skyrocketed due to material and labor inflation. 

The high costs of home repair and maintenance pose a severe financial hardship for those already struggling in poverty. Basic home repairs such as fixing leaky roofs, unstable foundations, damaged facilities or mold/pest infestations easily surpass monthly budgets in Hong Kong’s inflationary market. 

The total cost of home repairs in Hong Kong has increased year-by-year, while incomes remained largely stagnant. Materials and labor are significantly more expensive, with little government support to offset these costs for underprivileged groups.

As a result, the high home maintenance cost and lack of support force them to suffer from poor living conditions.  As part of the community, we must contribute to the underprivileged group by delivering critical aid, and essential maintenance/repair accessible to them.

If you know someone—whether an elderly neighbor, a disabled friend, or even yourself—in tough financial circumstances who needs critical home repairs, you can tell them the name of PapaCare to make their home problems feel less insurmountable.

PapaCare is our initiative to support the most vulnerable communities in Hong Kong, including the elderly, disabled and lower-income families. By volunteering our staff and handymen database, we aim to provide a greater quality of life for these communities in Hong Kong.