Articles by BestWorthy on October 4, 2016

In Hong Kong, China, there are almost 200,000 people living in cubicle like apartment and flats which have been dubbed as “shoebox homes”. The housing crisis in the city has left many unable to find reasonable accommodation and have resorted to living inside these cubicle rooms which cater for their essential needs.

Source: HKFP {link: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/09/26/hkfp-lens-photographer-documents-the-reality-of-hong-kongs-sub-divided-shoebox-flats/}

Source: HKFP {link: https://www.hongkongfp.com/2016/09/26/hkfp-lens-photographer-documents-the-reality-of-hong-kongs-sub-divided-shoebox-flats/}

Many of these shoebox apartment contain mini kitchenettes for the basic cooking needs, toilets, beds, storage and if they are lucky, they will have a shower cubicle nearby too.

Source: RFERL {link: http://gdb.rferl.org/389B2F08-1589-4244-9006-E9A132AA21AD_w987_s_s.jpg}

Source: RFERL {link: http://gdb.rferl.org/389B2F08-1589-4244-9006-E9A132AA21AD_w987_s_s.jpg}

Above we see a woman and her son living in their 5.6 sq meter shared flat, for which they pay a monthly rent of $487.

Many have to live in cages, which allow rooms to be divided into the two or more spaces for extra residents, lowering the total rent per person.

Source: Stomp {link: http://www.stomp.com.sg/singapore-seen/from-around-the-world/think-your-home-is-small-heres-what-its-like-for-200000-hong}

Source: Stomp {link: http://www.stomp.com.sg/singapore-seen/from-around-the-world/think-your-home-is-small-heres-what-its-like-for-200000-hong}

Meanwhile, across the world, $500 could stretch far enough to get a very reasonably sized apartment.

The apartment below is what $538 would get you in Berlin, Germany:

Source: Borderless Blog {link: http://www.borderlessblog.com/this-is-what-500-a-month-in-rent-would-get-you-in-cities-all-around-the-world/}

Source: Borderless Blog {link: http://www.borderlessblog.com/this-is-what-500-a-month-in-rent-would-get-you-in-cities-all-around-the-world/}

$500 in Austin, Texas:

Source: Borderless Blog {link: http://www.borderlessblog.com/this-is-what-500-a-month-in-rent-would-get-you-in-cities-all-around-the-world/}

Source: Borderless Blog {link: http://www.borderlessblog.com/this-is-what-500-a-month-in-rent-would-get-you-in-cities-all-around-the-world/}

Could you imagine yourself living in a shoebox home?

What are your thoughts?

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