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The Comprehensive Social Security Assistance (CSSA) Scheme is designed to provide financial assistance to individuals and families in need so as to bring their income up to a prescribed level to meet their basic needs.
If you are now receiving Disability Allowance or Old Age Allowance under the Social Security Allowance Scheme and wish to change the allowance into CSSA, please contact the Social Security Field Unit responsible for your Disability Allowance or Old Age Allowance for details.
An applicant is eligible for an allowance under the CSSA Scheme if he/she satisfies the following conditions:
The applicant must:
(ii) have held the Hong Kong resident status for not less than one year; and
(iii) have resided in Hong Kong for at least one year (since acquiring the Hong Kong resident status to the date prior to the date of application). The one-year residence need not be continuous or immediately before the date of application. Absence(s) from Hong Kong up to a maximum of 56 days (whether continuous or intermittent) before the date of application is/are treated as residence in Hong Kong.
(2) Hong Kong residents aged below 18 applying for CSSA are exempted from the requirements at (ii) and (iii) above.
(3) In exceptional circumstances, CSSA may be granted at the discretion of the Director of Social Welfare to a person who does not satisfy the residence requirement.
2. Financial Tests
The applicant must pass both the income and assets tests. If the applicant is living with any other family members, the application has to be made on a household basis. The total resources and needs of all family members in the same household are taken into account in determining the family’s eligibility for assistance. In other words, the monthly income and expenses of all family members will be calculated together.
(a) Income Test
(b) Assets Test
Note ：All non-owner-occupied residential properties are treated as assets. The value of an owner-occupied residential property is treated in the following manner:
Single person cases
(a) Cases involving any able-bodied adult
[For example, the asset limit of a 7-member family, including two able-bodied adults, three able-bodied children, one disabled child and one elderly person, is HK$152,000（i.e. $82,000+$70,000）]
3. Additional criteria for able-bodied adults
A person aged 15-59 in normal health has to meet one of the following conditions :
(a) not being available for work for reasons acceptable to SWD (for example, studying or having to look after young children or sick or disabled family members at home); or
(b) earning not less than HK$2,160 per month and working not less than 120 hours per month; or
(c) in the case of being unemployed or earning less than HK$2,160 per month or working less than 120 hours per month, actively seeking full-time jobs and participating in the Support for Self-reliance Scheme of SWD.
CSSA Payments can be broadly classified into following three types. For the exact payment of a case, please contact the staff of Social Security Field Units.
1. Standard Rates
Standard rates are paid to different categories of CSSA recipients to meet their basic needs.
(a) Long-term Supplement： An annual long-term supplement is payable to families involving any member who is old, disabled or medically certified to be in ill-health for the replacement of household and durable goods if they have received assistance continuously for 12 months or more. The amount payable depends on the number of such eligible members in the family.
(b) Single Parent Supplement： A monthly single parent supplement is payable to single parent families to recognize the special difficulties which single parents face in bringing up a family.
(c) Community Living Supplement：With effect from 1 Oct 2011, a monthly community living supplement is payable to CSSA recipients who are old, disabled or medically certified to be in ill-health and who are not living in institutions to better support their stay in the community.
(d) Transport supplement：A monthly transport supplement is payable to severely disabled persons who are medically certified to be 100% disabled or in need of constant attendance and in the age group of 12 to 64 to encourage them to participate more in activities away from home, thereby enhancing their integration into society.
Recipients under different categories can receive special grants on a monthly or one-off basis (such as rent allowance, grant to cover school fees, special diet allowance etc.) to meet their personal or family’s special needs. Applicants may contact the staff of the social security field unit for enquiries.
Please click here for the application procedures of CSSA Scheme.