Monday, March 31, 2014

Quick stats: homelessness

It is evaluated that there are 1400 homeless people in Hong Kong (2012), compared to about 28,000 in Montreal (1998) which makes the ratio of homeless to population in Montreal about 75 times higher.

However, this picture is somewhat twisted as there seems to be a much greater cultural acceptance of homelessness and unemployment in Montreal than there is in Hong Kong (the need to provide for family). This translates into a much greater ratio of working poor in HK.

Hong Kong poverty statistics and chart from 'Feeding Hong Kong'

The official homelessness chart/stats (lower) in Hong Kong from The Hong Kong Council of Social Service

Sources: . South China Morning Post, Monday, 31 March, 2014