DOMAT community & architecture social architect

Since 2013, SoCO's Home Modification project has been helping to improve the living environment of low-income families. The focus of the project is to provide a better study space for their children, helping them to do well at school so that ultimately the family is not stuck in a poverty cycle.

By using the high ceilings of tenemant houses we can free up space for daily activities, and provide a dedicated study area. The furniture was designed with the family in mind; it's construction is both durable and adaptable, so that it can grow with the family.

Early on in the project, we understood that improvements to the house itself may benefit the landlord more than the families in the long run. By providing furniture for the family to keep, they can take their furniture with them when they move house, meaning that the benefit of the programme can remain with them for years to come. This idea has proven to be quite sucessful.

Date: 2013- ongoing
Location: Shum Shui Po, and throughout Hong Kong
Initiated by: Society for Community Organization (SoCO)
Initial Sponsor: South China Morning Post (SCMP)
Funding: Kadoorie Charitable Foundation
Match Funding: DBS Foundation, SIE Fund
Other Funding: HKSAR Community Care Fund
Other Donors: agnès b.; Sino Group
Support from: CLP
Scale: 300+ families
Volunteers: Adabelle Poon, Adela Paul, Adeline Chan, Agnes Ng, Alex Loo, Allen Chan, Allison Li, Alvin Wong, Angel Yuen, Angus Chan, Ann He, Anthony Tai, Anson Wan, Ariel Yau, Ashley Ma, Bertha Leung, Bobby Lam, Brian Choi, Brian Tse, Calvin Liang, Captain Li, Cecilia Poon, Celia Tam, Cherry Wong, Chung Chuek Man, Cody Pang, Colin Hui, Colin Wong, Crystal Ho, Crystal Chau, Dada Wu, Daniel Cho, David Yu, Dennis Ho, Doris Lau, Echo Xiang, Edward Fung, Elaine Tsang, Elsie Kan, Elslie Cheung, Emily Fu, Emily Siu, Ernest Ng, Flora Wong, Frederick Lui, Gianfranco Galagar, George Lau, Gillian Ngan, Gladys Mak, Golfa Amara, Harrison Li, Hebe Lee, Hector Chan, Heidi Sum, Henry Hau, Hoi Shan Leung, Iris Andreadis, Iris Leung, Isa Au Tsui, Isabelle Gin, Ivy Wong, Jack Lo, James Palmer, Janice Lau, Jasmin Hodgson, Jasper Au, Jay Ng, Jenny Tang, Jessica Suen, Jessy Yau, Jo Shen, Joanna Wong, Joanna Fong, Johnny Lau, Jophy Fung, Juliette Sung, Julie Wang, Justin Yip, Kachung Kan, Karen Lee, Karmen Luk, Kelvin Chan , Kelvin Wong, Kelvin Yuen, Kenis Law, Kingsman Kwong, Kinson Tao, Krister Yeung, Kristo Leung, Krystal Lung, Lami Liang, Lo Hoi Yau, Luka Ng, Maggie Ma, Mandy Liu, Mandy Tsang, Marco Tai, Marcus Kwong, Mark Kingsley, Mark Leung, Melody Cam, Michael Chan, Miti Ng, Monique Wong, Nell Chan, Norris Koo, Pamela Wu, Pansy Wong, Pearl Chan, Perrie Chung, Perry Cho, Phoebe Tong, Puk Yin Lai, Ron Tse, Rosalia Leung, Rosa Chan, Ruby Chan, Rueben Choi, Sam Hui, Sam Chan, Samuel Chai, Savio Choy, Shannon Chow, Shuk Wun Li, Sophia Zhang, Soul Luk, Sabrina Li, Stefano Caglioni, Stephanie Tam, Stephanie Tung, Sunny Wu, Tanya Tsui, Tat Lam, Tiffany Chin, Tini Tang, Tsang Hon Pan, Tsang Tsz Kin, Val Chan, Veera Fung, Vicky Lee, Vincent Chuk, Vincent Lee, Vincent Tse, Val Chan, Vui Chong, Wanting Yim, Waiyin Law, Walter Chung, Wendy Lin, Wincy Kung, Wing Chan, Wing Leung Hui, Yvonne Yuen, YuYu Ng, Zeng Zeng Wong, Bella Wong, Hazel Chan, Karin Lai, Ophelia Lan, Sammi Chu, Yolanda Chau