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Having recorded the life of Hong Kong homeless people for 15 years, SoCO and photographer Lei Jih-sheng published Homeless III, the third photo collection of street sleepers. Following Homeless I & II, the new collection features the shrinking living space of the homeless in the metropolis, as well as their helplessness and dismay.

It was about midnight when I walked past the football court in Sham Shui Po. I saw civil servants lock the gate firmly, and the cleaners sowing disinfection powder in every corner of the stairs. "They are washing the floor again, so I have to sleep somewhere else tonight." Said my homeless friend. " Then we looked up, at the slogan banners from the Hong Kong government "Hong Kong, our home".


Hong Kong left no comfort for the homeless in the past few years. Respective governmental departments stealthily implemened unfriendly policies on the homeless, and tried to prevent them from sleeping in the street: installing immovable hand grips on the bench, paving uneven stones or strangely-shaped decorations under the flyover. In the past two years, hostility towards the homeless was even enhanced: several governmental departments enclosed the area under flyovers in Kowloon City and Ferry Street by building large flowerpots and wire nettings; they also took action to clear a homeless spot in the morning, throwing homeless people's personal belongings into the rubbish truck.


With living space constantly squeezed, however, the number of homeless people was not reduced. More and more young people, low-income workers and returning Hongkongers became homeless in recent years, and the re-homeless phenomenon occur more frequently.

Since 1999, with local photographer and journalist, Society for Community Organization has started to record the plight of Hong Kong homeless people. Hoping to share with the public the 15 years' record, we now launched Homeless III: In the face of hostile governmental behaviors, frustration and courage are pictured; Challenged by the adversity of life, helplessness and tenacity are unfolded. What we want to see is that what we've recorded can serve as a start for changes, a signal for the government and a rise in public awareness of the homeless.