Channelnewsasia.com | 08 Apr 2013 5:15 PM
The Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme has been extended to include all couples who are married for the first time.
SINGAPORE: The Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) has been extended by the Housing and Development Board (HDB) to include all couples who are married for the first time. The scheme previously only covered first-time married couples who had young children.
Under the extended scheme, however, families with a citizen child under the age of 16 will still be given priority in the allocation of flats.
HDB also launched 900 flats Monday, which will be available for rental under the scheme.
The scheme was first introduced in January 2013 to provide an affordable housing option for first-time couples with young children who needed temporary housing while waiting for the completion of their new HDB flats.
HDB said it restricted the scheme to first-time married couples with young children initially as the group had more pressing housing needs. The supply of rental flats was also limited.
However now that there are flats left over after meeting the demand from the initial target group, HDB has decided to expand the scheme to all first married couples and allow more families to benefit from the scheme, it said.
PPHS flats are vacated Selective En-bloc Redevelopment Scheme (SERS) flats that are not immediately needed for redevelopment.
HDB said Monday that it is carrying out retrofitting works in the flats, and that the flats will be ready for occupation from mid-2013. Monthly rentals for the flats will range from S$800 to S$1,900, depending on the flat type and location.
Applications for flats under the scheme can be submitted from 8 April to 29 April 2013 via HDB InfoWeb or ekiosks at HDB Hub branches.
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