A Social Service Office (SSO) was officially opened in Kreta Ayer on Thursday. It is the one of 20 such offices to be progressively rolled out by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in the next two to three years. Six others started operations in July.
The SSOs will bring social assistance "touchpoints" closer to residents, and work with voluntary welfare organisations and community partners in their areas to provide more coordinated social services.
The network of SSOs "will allow us to develop local solutions to local social challenges, leveraging on the local community resources and integrating the efforts of the voluntary welfare organisations... and other social service providers," said Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing.
The MSF said Kreta Ayer was chosen as one of the first locations for an SSO because of its larger proportion of elderly residents and public assistance recipients. Since the office started operations in mid-July, it has served over 300 residents in Chinatown, Outram and surrounding areas. The MSF said residents have given positive feedback are especially happy that they only need to travel a shorter distance to the centre.