HDB to pilot new public rental option for low-income singles
Under this HDB project, low-income singles will be able to live in their own rooms but share some facilities.
SINGAPORE – The Housing and Development Board (HDB) will trial a new type of rental housing for low-income singles, it announced on Monday (13 March).
Under the project, low-income singles will be able to live in their own rooms but share toilets and kitchens. Called Single Room Shared Facilities (SRSF), the trial will be rolled out at the end of 2023.
The HDB said that the SRSF "aims to give tenants greater privacy while providing companionship and support". Under this new typology, every tenant will have their own bedroom that will come equipped with basic furnishing such as a wardrobe, table, wall shelves and a small refrigerator.
The rental room is about nine sq m, and tenants will also have access to shared facilities such as toilets – with about 12 people to one bathroom and 24 to a communal kitchen with basic cooking stoves on each level, as well as laundry and activity rooms.
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The new public rental typology will be piloted at the former Anderson Junior College hostel in Ang Mo Kio Ave 8, which is available for interim use, HDB said. The site comprises two 11-storey blocks, with about 240 units that will be fully partitioned to create 480 single rooms.
Singles will be able to apply individually, under a new scheme – the prevailing public rental eligibility criteria for singles will still apply – the HDB added. An operator will be appointed to manage the site, including managing tenancy matters, providing social support to tenants, and furnishing and maintaining the premises.
More details will be provided in due course.
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