Singapore's first halfway house in need of new Hiding Place

It faces uncertain future as lease for premises on farm in Choa Chu Kang expires next year

The Hiding Place co-founders, Pastor Philip Chan and his wife Christina, both have health issues. When he dies, Pastor Chan wants the reins to be handed over to home director Tan Hock Seng, seen here with the couple.
The Hiding Place co-founders, Pastor Philip Chan and his wife Christina, both have health issues. When he dies, Pastor Chan wants the reins to be handed over to home director Tan Hock Seng, seen here with the couple.ST PHOTO: KHALID BABA

The future of Singapore's first halfway house for drug addicts, gang members and delinquents is once again in jeopardy.

The Hiding Place's well-known co-founder, Pastor Philip Chan, is dying, while its lease at its current premises in a farm in Choa Chu Kang expires next year.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 18, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore's first halfway house in need of new Hiding Place'. Subscribe