Home improvement fund launched

ST PHOTO: LAU FOOK KONG

Two weeks ago, the three-room flat of Madam Lee Gek Ee, 46, got a fresh coat of paint, a new sofa, a kitchen cabinet and spalling concrete fixed. Last night, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (right) and Ang Mo Kio GRC MPs (from left) Darryl David, Intan Azura Mokhtar and Koh Poh Koon (partially hidden) visited her home in Jalan Kayu to see the changes. On Mr Lee's right is Madam Lee's mother, Madam Tan Sai Heang, 70, and her daughter, Nicole Hau, seven. Madam Lee was one of two recipients who had their homes freshened up, thanks to HOME@JK, a new fund that gives $2,000 to low-income residents in need of simple home furniture or repair work. Mr Lee launched the fund at a carnival yesterday. Dr Intan said it now has $42,000.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 25, 2016, with the headline 'Home improvement fund launched'. Print Edition | Subscribe