A new study shows that some poor people Hong Kong live tiny homes. Residents from a housing alliance found that 204 families their area live homes that are smaller than prison cells. The families live the Kwai Chung area Hong Kong. The average living space per person was just 4.6 square meters. This is roughly the size three toilet cubicles, or about half the size a car parking space. The average size a prison cell Hong Kong's maximum security prisoners is about 50 per cent bigger than the size the Kwai Chung homes. A 2016 government report stated that over 65 per cent Hong Kong families live in homes that range 7 and 14 square meters.
Hong Kong has one the world's most expensive housing markets. Britain's 'Guardian' newspaper said an average resident would have to save more than 18 years in order to pay a tiny home. A member the Kwai Chung housing alliance told reporters about how unhappy people are about living such a small home. He said: "It is completely unacceptable and inhumane that the living area people is the same as prisoners in such a prosperous city like Hong Kong." Another resident said she could only afford a tiny room her husband and six-year-old son. The room has a bunk bed, a closet and a small folding table. She said: "The bathroom is so small we have to sit sideways to go to the toilet."