HDB temporary housing scheme a hit with families

An aerial view of a block of flats in Bedok North.
An aerial view of a block of flats in Bedok North.PHOTO: ST FILE

A move to help families get temporary housing while they wait for their new flats has proved a hit.

Some 1,300 households have benefited from the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme since it was introduced in 2013.

Of these, about 240 families have since moved into their completed homes, said the HDB.

When it was launched, there were 1,150 flats under this scheme located in Ang Mo Kio, Bedok, Boon Lay and Dover.

The popularity of the programme and its success in raising fertility prompted the Government to allocate another 800 temporary flats, mainly three-room units, to the scheme this year.

Of these, 300 new flats have already been launched. They are located in Bukit Merah, Geylang, Jurong West and Queenstown.

Rents range from $800 for a three-room unit in Boon Lay and Jurong to $1,900 for a five-room flat in Dover and Queenstown.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 20, 2015, with the headline 'HDB temporary housing scheme a hit with families'. Print Edition | Subscribe