|The Housing Society and the Urban
Renewal Authority (URA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
on 12 December 2002 to enter into a long-term strategic partnership
for the implementation of urban renewal projects.
Under the MOU, the Housing Society initially took up five
projects clustered in Sham Shui Po and two in Shau Kei Wan in line with the policies of the
URA. Subsequently, the industrial project in Shau Kei Wan was returned to URA.
While URA retains the statutory responsibilities for urban renewal
under the URA Ordinance, the Housing Society will undertake the
acquisition of properties required for the project, rehousing of
tenants affected and the subsequent construction and the disposal of
the new buildings at the site. It will also be responsible for all
costs involved as well as the financial outcome of the projects.
Among other things, the Housing Society will follow the URA's
existing practice of providing professional service with social
service teams to take care of the needs of the aged residents and
others who may be in need of special care and help as a result of
the implementation of a project.