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In Our Backyard: Embracing Solutions to Homelessness with the Community

by Li Jingxing Liz

Master of Design (Transitional Environments Design)

Homelessness is an increasing problem worldwide. As of March 31, 2022, the number of registered street sleepers in Hong Kong has reached 1,564, compared to 595 on March 31, 2013, an increase of 160%. Although the government and NGOs have made efforts to tackle the problem of homelessness, it is still far from enough.

It is clear that there are many challenges to solving the problem of homelessness in Hong Kong. This research project hopes to solve the problem of homelessness in Hong Kong from a holistic and multifaceted perspective by applying systems thinking. Reducing homelessness globally is part of the human rights labour as well as a focus for the United Nations (UN) 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The design of the project will utilise systems thinking by building on the existing service system, starting with 'accommodation' for homeless people, informal spaces are designed to improve the poor living conditions they currently experience in informal spaces, and to integrate with existing services to develop and train homeless people to serve and work in the community. While making the city streets clean and tidy, homeless people will be empowered to return to the community.

Academic Supervisor: Dr Izzy Yi Jian
Contributing to SDGs: 3 Good health and well-being, 11 Sustainable cities and communities, 16 Peace, justice and strong institutions, 8 Decent work and economic growth, 6 Clean water and sanitation, 17 Partnerships for the goals

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