HDB a compassionate developer despite being the largest housing developer here: Khaw
The Housing Board has not lost its compassion even though it stands out as the largest housing developer here, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
The minister highlighted three examples in his blog on on Friday of how the agency exercised good judgement, particularly when young children were involved. "Whenever an unexpected family tragedy comes to our attention, HDB officers, together with the local grassroots leaders, will immediately visit the bereaved family to find out how we can be of help," he wrote.
In one case two years ago, a Singaporean man passed away suddenly at work leaving behind his foreigner wife and four young Singaporean children. When the tragedy struck, they had been waiting to move into their new Build-to-Order flat in Choa Chu Kang, and were currently staying in a rental flat.
HDB officers had immediately reached out to them, and allowed them to keep the flat, while lowering their monthly rental fee so they would be less burdened.