Envisioning the invisibles :an examination of causes and challenges of homelessness in Hong Kong

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Department of Sociology and Social Policy, Lingnan University

Event Title

Sociology Seminar Series 2022-2023

Document Type

Public Seminar




11:00 a.m. -- 12:30 p.m.


LYH310, Lau Lee Yuen Haan Amenities Building


Sociology and Social Policy


The situation of homeless people in Hong Kong has not been examined in detail Using the largest territory wide survey of the Homeless in Hong Kong, the 'Homeless Outreach Population Estimation Hong Kong 2015' and the 'Hong Kong Homeless Census 2021' the demographic background, causes of homelessness and mental health status of homeless people are investigated The results highlight that structural factors such as housing and employment are crucial in causing homelessness The COVID 19 pandemic demonstrates a further impact on the homeless population Moreover, logistic regressions were used to investigate the association between mental health and other key factors, including demographic background, economic indicators, COVID 19 worries, government measures, and respect by others The determinants of anxiety and depression of homeless people in Hong Kong are examined It urges the government to implement progressive housing policies and homeless friendly policies and increase homeless outreach and health service resources



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Speaker Biography

Dr. Siu Ming CHAN worked as a frontline social worker in community settings for eight years before embarking on his academic journey He served the underprivileged, including homeless people, low income families living in cubicles and subdivided flats, poor children, and the elderly, through direct service, group work, and community organizing He also conducted policy research and surveys related to vulnerable groups facing poverty, housing problems, and other community issues After obtained his Ph D in Social Welfare from the CUHK in 2020 he worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Institute of Health Equity in CUHK He joined the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the City University of Hong Kong as an Assistant Professor in 2021.

His principal areas of research interest include poverty, housing, social welfare, social work, and mental health His vision is to enhance the well being of vulnerable and disadvantaged groups He aims to explore new initiatives and extend intervention strategies by analyzing social problems and human behavior by means of evidence based and theory informed academic research.

Recommended Citation

Chan, S. M. (2023, October 27). Envisioning the invisibles: An examination of causes and challenges of homelessness in Hong Kong [Video podcast]. Retrieved from https://commons.ln.edu.hk/videos/962/