Temporary Housing Area

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A Temporary Housing Area (臨時房屋區) or THA is an area designated for people living in temporary houses made by wood frames and zinc plates in Hong Kong. The houses are built by the Hong Kong Government. Each house is divided into tens of tiny flats, with one flat per household. Most of the THAs were demolished by the 1990s and the last demolished was in 2001.[1]

The THA is being replaced by Interim Housing, a more resilient temporary home.


Living in a THA affords little privacy. Interior walls are only visual barriers. Cooking and showering can only be done outside the flat. Toilets are public.

Temporary housing serves displaced people while the city is being planned or if their house is being remodeled.


  1. ^ Chiu,, Stephen Wing-kai; Lü,, Dale; Lui, Tai-Lok (2000). The dynamics of social movement in Hong Kong. Hong Kong University Press. p. 203. ISBN 962-209-497-X.