Today is “Chap Goh Mei”, the fifteenth day of the Lunar New Year (and coincidentally, Valentine’s Day). It is customary for Chinese families to gather round the table for another round of reunion and ‘tang yuan’ (汤圆), and enjoy the kinship.
On this special day, I am glad to report that the first batch of 3Gen flats launched in Yishun last September has had a strong reception. So far, 94% (or 79 out of 84) of the 3Gen flats have been booked. 3Gen flats are designed to facilitate extended family togetherness, and I am glad that these families can look forward to living together and providing mutual support and care.
Of the 79 families who booked 3Gen flats, 56 were HDB first-timers and 23, second-timers. Selection of the remaining 5 units is ongoing and will end in March.
Quite naturally, the average household size of these families was higher at 5.1, compared to the household sizes for 5-room flats (4.0) and 4-room flats (3.6).
With a good debut in Yishun, subsequent batches of 3Gen flats in Jurong West and Punggol have also been met with a strong response. We have received nearly 300 applications from multi-generation families who qualify for the 164 3Gen flats in these two projects.
We will continue to help extended families who want to live together, or close to one another, fulfil their dream. This will be a key priority area for me and for my ministry over the next few years.
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