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Faster help for needy families

When the new integrated support system for rental flat residents is in place, individuals will ideally be directed to a single touch point in their area for assistance so they can get help quicker.
When the new integrated support system for rental flat residents is in place, individuals will ideally be directed to a single touch point in their area for assistance so they can get help quicker. PHOTO: THE NEW PAPER

Some social workers believe families that need help are more likely to take the first step in seeking aid when social service agencies are accessible and visible. That is why a new integrated support system to bring key services closer to rental flat residents is an apt move.

Announced last week, it will not only bring social services closer to rental blocks, but also ensure tighter coordination between government agencies and voluntary welfare organisations.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 30, 2018, with the headline 'Faster help for needy families'. Print Edition | Subscribe