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About 250,000 needy families face an average wait of six years for a public flat in Hong Kong, the longest duration in more than two decades, according to official figures released on Monday.

The average wait is double the three years pledged by the government, a target officials met from 2003 to 2014. The wait has grown longer in recent years, hitting 4.6 years in 2017 and 5.7 years in 2020. It is the longest reported wait time since 1999.