Strong families make strong communities and a strong nation. This is why we don’t just build flats; we also help families live closer together.
There are many benefits for such an arrangement. Grandparents can help look after grandchildren, and children can support their parents and grandparents.
Since 2011, we have enhanced various priority schemes and introduced a new flat type to help extended families live together or close by for mutual care and support. They have produced good results:
• 24% of BTO flat applicants applied under one of these schemes. They enjoy higher success rates than those who did not.
• This proportion is even higher (up to 36%) in mature estates like Tampines and Bedok.
• The Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS) is the most popular and accounted for about 90% of these applicants in 2014. Since its last enhancement in November 2014, 6,200 families have applied under the scheme. In addition, almost half of all parents applying to buy new flats to live closer to their married children in non-mature estates were moving from mature estates, and now enjoy higher chances of success.
• Other schemes are also becoming popular. The proportion of applicants applying under the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS) or for 3Gen flats has doubled from 5% in 2013 to about 10% in 2014. 284 pairs of families (parents and married children) have applied under the enhanced MGPS since September 2013, and over 600 multi-generation families will be moving into their 3Gen flats.
As the statistics show, more would like to buy a flat with or close to their extended families in mature estates. We have tried to meet these needs, by launching more flats in mature estates.
We have launched the first BTO project in Tampines North last year, and we will launch the first BTO project in Bidadari later this year. We expect application rates in Bidadari to be high. To help families live closer together, we will give priority to those whose parents live in Toa Payoh, Potong Pasir, or within the 2km radius.
However, there is limited land for us to launch BTO projects in mature estates. That’s why we also give an additional $10,000 under the higher-tier CPF Housing Grant of $40,000, to help first-timer families buy a resale flat to live together or close to their parents or married children.
We will also study whether we can further help those who wish to buy a resale flat to live near their parents.
Our goal is to promote mutual care and support across all towns in Singapore. Our mission is to build strong family ties, generation after generation.
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