For some low-income families living in Pasir Ris West, paying for necessities such as shampoo or medicine for upset stomachs can now be done using community vouchers instead of cash.
This is part of an initiative by the North East Community Development Council (CDC) to help such households defray the costs of living expenses.
Called North East Community Vouchers @ Pasir Ris West, the scheme was launched yesterday and is expected to benefit some 100 households.
A maximum of $50 worth of vouchers will be given to each family.
They can be used to offset the costs of goods and services at 22 shops, coffee shops and minimarts within the division, which spans blocks 500 to 782.
This includes 13 retail outlets in Pasir Ris West Plaza - such as foodcourt Koufu and West Point Optometrist - located at Block 735 along Pasir Ris Street 72.
Participating merchants have decals pasted on their doors that indicate that they accept the community vouchers.
Jointly funded by the North East CDC and the Pasir Ris West Citizens' Consultative Committee Community Development and Welfare Fund, the vouchers will be disbursed immediately upon successful application.
To apply, households living within the division must fill in forms available at the Pasir Ris West Community Club.
Pasir Ris West is the eighth division in the North East district to roll out the initiative, broadly called the North East Community Vouchers programme.
It was first launched in 2012 at the Bedok Reservoir-Punggol ward and has benefitted more than 1,000 needy residents in areas such as Tampines Changkat, Eunos and Pasir Ris East.
Said a Tampines Changkat resident, Madam Ong Siew Choo, a 78-year-old retiree who had received the vouchers: "I am very happy to receive this... as I go to the Tampines Round Market frequently and I can use this voucher to pay for my breakfast."
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