SINGAPORE- Singapore's new housing policies are showing results and by next month, almost 10,000 couples will have benefited from a Housing Board scheme which gives priority to first-time married couples who have or are expecting young children.
Under the Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS) launched this year, 30 per cent of Build-To-Order flats and 50 per cent of balance flats are set aside for such families.
In a blog post yesterday, National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan said PPS was one of three policies which he adopted with two important social objectives in mind: encouraging marriage and encouraging couples to have children as soon as they get married.
"In my generation, most went through this sequence: get married, rent a home, have a baby or more, buy a home. I did," he wrote.
"But my young Sembawang activists taught me that such a sequence was outdated. What is cool is to first get a home, then get married and start a family."
The other policies were ramped-up construction of new flats and the Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS), which gives families the option to rent an HDB flat while waiting for their new flat to be ready.
Of 1,150 flats launched under the PPHS in January, almost 800 have been taken up.
Wrote Mr Khaw: "As vacancies are still available, eligible families can now apply for PPHS at any time. They can also move into their PPHS flats soon after applying."
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