Mixed views on mixing rental and purchased flats

Ms Nuraini Jamalludin with her husband Yusran Asip, 43, and children (clockwise from front) Mohamad Solihan, one, Nur Ar'yani, five, Nur Ar'yana, three, and Mohamad Solihin, two, at their home. ST interviewed 20 residents of rental blocks integrated
Ms Nuraini Jamalludin with her husband Yusran Asip, 43, and children (clockwise from front) Mohamad Solihan, one, Nur Ar’yani, five, Nur Ar’yana, three, and Mohamad Solihin, two, at their home. ST interviewed 20 residents of rental blocks integrated into the community and found that nine believe mixing has benefits. The rest were either against such integration, or had mixed feelings.ST PHOTO: DESMOND FOO
Marsiling Greenview is the only public housing project here that integrates rental and sold flat units in the same block.
Marsiling Greenview is the only public housing project here that integrates rental and sold flat units in the same block.LIANHE ZAOBAO FILE PHOTO

SINGAPORE - When she had to move from a condominium unit to a two-room rental flat after a divorce three years ago, Ms Sophia Hassan, 36, (not her real name) was apprehensive.

She worried about feeling isolated and segregated from the community and feared that the environment would not be good for her children due to negative influences like drugs or crime.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 09, 2018, with the headline 'Mixed views on mixing rental and purchased flats'. Subscribe