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香港人人為口奔馳,為家庭整日拼搏,卻有一群人因各種原因只能蝸居於劏房。在疫情下,他們首當其衝受到影響,失業或就業不足的比比皆是,有的甚至連家人兩餐溫飽都成問題。

國際社早於 2004 年開設深水埗(南) 綜合家庭服務中心,於區內紮根多年,向區內有需要的家庭提供家庭輔導及支援等服務,將食物及物資等社區資源轉介給服務使用者。中心現處理數以百計的劏房戶個案,在疫情期間,很多劏房戶有迫切的經濟需要,中心除了幫助協助審批「公益金及時抗疫基金」的申請,亦積極為他們尋找各種不同形式的援助。

深水埗(南)綜合家庭服務中心服務總監湛國榮指雖然近日疫情稍有好轉,但劏房戶面對因疫情而衍生的問題仍然迫切。

「他們的情況很多已經捉襟見肘,若再遇上意料之外的情況,處境更是雪上加霜。我們曾有個案是幼女在疫情期間確診患上極罕見疾病,需進出醫院接受多次手術,情況反覆,作為經濟支柱的父親需辭掉工作幫忙照顧她及大女兒,故難以支付一家四口的生活費及醫療開支,生活艱苦。」湛總監希望是次活動能籌募經費,購買食物包贈予最有需要的家庭以解他們的燃眉之急。

Many Hongkongers work all day long to make ends meet, but despite some people’s effort, they have to settle for residing in subdivided flats. This particular group of people become the hardest-hit in the COVID outbreak, with many becoming jobless or underemployed and struggle to feed their family. 

 

ISS-HK set up the Shamshuipo (South) Integrated Family Service Centre in 2004 and has been deep-rooted in the district to address the most urgent needs of residents there. The centre provides family counselling and support services to those in need, and bridges them with community resources available. Currently serving hundreds of cases who are subdivided flat tenants, the centre finds many of its service users in desperate financial needs in the pandemic, and is therefore in constant search of in-kind and other types of assistance apart from helping assess and disburse “The Community Chest Anti-NCP Rainbow Fund” to help them weather the storm. 

 

Kerin Cham, Programme Director at Shamshuipo (South) Integrated Family Service Centre commented that although the pandemic situation has improved locally these months, things are far from back to normal for the COVID-stricken community. “For those families who are struggling hard every day, anything going astray can immediately put them in despair. We had a case where a young girl fell seriously ill and was diagnosed of an extremely rare disease during the pandemic, and had to go through numerous surgeries. Her dad, being the sole bread winner in the family, had to quit his job to help take care of her and her elder sister, and simply could not pay for the family’s daily expenses and the medical bill. We hope that “Run for Food” can help raise funds for families like them, and solve their most urgent and practical need for food.