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Lack of affordable housing in Hong Kong leaves many wondering where they will go

It's heartbreaking when anyone has to live in such conditions, and even more so when these conditions are considered desirable compared to the alternative of homelessness, but these situations really get to me when the elderly or children are impacted.

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Leung Shu, 78, prepares to settle in for the evening beside his cage on the apartment floor which he now only shares with 4 other people on Nov. 27, in Hong Kong, China. Hong Kong's property prices having soared over the past year with urban redevelopment shrinking the supply of older, cheaper blocks. Thousands of men still dwelling in 15-square-foot cubicles or cages are being forced to vacate the premises as the properties are being sold to developers and low cost accommodation becomes more difficult to find due to increasing cost of rent. Approximately 1,000 or so men are still estimated to live in squalid and cramped conditions in old tenement flats as Hong Kong's yawning wealth gap widens. Leung Shu, suffering from chronic asthma, has been forced to cease his rental of monthly medical equipment due to rising living costs.

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Tam Wing Dik, 78, looks out of his cage dwelling on Nov. 27, in Hong Kong, China. Tam Wing Dik, suffering from mental illness, has been given 1 month along with his fellow residents to evacuate the building, which has been sold to developers. Mr Tam says he has no idea of where he will end up.

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Clothes and valuables are seen on a cage dwelling on Nov. 27, in Hong Kong, China.