Yao Baohuan, 48, has lived with her husband and daughter, a college student, in a new 50-square-meter apartment in Langfang, Hebei province, since June last year, without paying rent because of local government subsidies. "I have had heart disease since I was young, which means I cannot work outside the home. So we live on the small salary of my husband and basic living allowances," she said. They used to live in a shabby house far away from downtown Langfang, she added. Families like Yao's will be able to get similar apartments when the affordable housing complex in the city is completed. Low-income families can also get subsidized housing in many other cities, such as Beijing, where they otherwise would not be able to afford the high property prices.