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Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The HIP helps you resolve common maintenance problems of ageing flats such as spalling concrete. HIP works are carried out in a systematic and comprehensive way to minimise inconvenience to you.

What is the HIP?

Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme are eligible for the HIP. The HIP comprises 3 components – Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements. If your block votes in favour of the HIP, you will enjoy Essential Improvements that are important for public health and safety, and can also opt for Optional and EASE improvements.

Scope of works

There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements.

Essential improvements

These compulsory improvements are considered necessary for public health, safety, and technical reasons. They include:

  • Repair spalling concrete/ structural cracks
  • Replace waste / soil discharge stacks
  • Replace pipe sockets with new clothes drying rack
  • Upgrade electrical load

Optional improvements

You are given the flexibility to choose the improvements and pay for only your share of the improvements works carried out in your flats.

You may choose any of the following items:

  • Package to upgrade existing toilet(s)/ bathroom(s)
  • New decorative door
  • New metal grille gate
  • New refuse chute hopper

If you decide to opt out of the optional toilet upgrading, your toilets must pass a water test for leaks to prevent ceiling leaks in the flat below.

Here are examples of sections of an HDB flat before and after the HIP works:



Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Home improvement programme

Take a look at this video  to see how the HIP is carried out, and hear from residents who have benefited from this programme.

Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)

To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in our flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. The current EASE package covers these items: 

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Grab bars to 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Ramps to navigate level differences in the flat and at the main entrance, where technically feasible [Ramp at the main entrance will be offered for entrances with one-step only and if technically feasible, e.g. no space constraints or compliance needed with relevant authorities].

You need not wait for the HIP to come your way before enjoying EASE. The EASE (Direct Application) is offered to HDB flats in all towns, benefitting elderly residents who wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or whose blocks do not qualify for the HIP.

Find out more about EASE (Direct Application) or view this video for more information. 

Construction period

The construction period for a typical precinct comprising 8 to 10 blocks will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.

Polling requirements

The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of the HIP. Singapore Permanent Resident households are not eligible to poll.

Here is a demo on polling for the HIP. You can also check out the demo on polling for both the HIP and Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP) if your block has been selected for the latter.

Precinct working committee

In each HIP precinct, a working committee will be formed to oversee the project. The committee is chaired by the adviser to the grassroots organisation and comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials.

Cost and subsidy

These are the payment schemes for Singapore Citizen and Singapore Permanent Resident households.

Singapore Citizen households

The Government fully funds the essential improvements and subsidises a major portion of the optional improvements. These are the cost-sharing ratios and estimated amounts payable:

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost-sharing ratio





Amount payable*





Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about $2,500. As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $312.50, depending on their flat type, as shown below.

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room




Cost of EASE per flat


The Government pays









Singapore Citizens pay









(Maximum amount if all the items are opted for; prices shown are before GST)

For elderly residents living in HDB rental flats, the improvement items will be fully funded by the Government. 

* All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.

You can use our HIP financial calculator to calculate the upgrading cost payable and monthly instalments.

Singapore Permanent Resident households

Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional improvements, they need not pay for items that they have opted out of.

However, they can be reimbursed with the upgrading subsidy and convert their interest scheme from market interest rate to a concessionary interest rate if a flat owner obtains Singapore citizenship within 1 year from the date of billing under these schemes:

Find out more details about the HIP for your precinct.

Upcoming polling

See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
10 Blks 155 - 172 Bedok South Rd/ Ave 3 31 Mar to 3 Apr 2017
9 Blks 223 - 230 Serangoon Ave 4 1 to 4 Apr 2017

Polling results

The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
9 Blks 410 - 417 Eunos Rd 5 3 to 6 March 2017
9 Blks 215 - 223 & 230 Tampines St 23/ 24 17 to 20 March 2017

Scheduled billing dates

See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.

You can subscribe to our eAlert service to receive email notifications when a newly upgraded precinct is scheduled for billing. For precincts that are still undergoing upgrading, billing is not expected to take place within the next 3 months (subject to change).

These precincts are scheduled for billing in the coming months:


Branch In Charge

Scheduled Billing Date

Blk 601 - 605 Bedok Reservoir Rd Bedok 20 April 2017
Blk 725 - 730 Yishun St 71 Yishun 20 April 2017
Blk 606 - 610 Bedok Reservoir Rd Bedok 20 April 2017
Blk 201, 202 & 207 - 212 Yishun St 21 Yishun 20 April 2017
Blk 112 - 120 Yishun Ring Rd Yishun 20 April 2017
Blk 301 - 308 Shunfu Rd Bishan 20 May 2017
Blk 717 - 724 Yishun St 71 Yishun 20 May 2017
Blk 552 - 559 Jurong West St 42 Jurong West 20 May 2017
Blk 317 - 322, 322A, 323 - 328, 343, 345, 346, 348, 349, 351 & 352 Jurong East St 31/ Jurong East Ave 1
Jurong East 20 May 2017
Blk 811 - 820 Tampines St 81/ Ave 4 Tampines 20 June 2017
Blk 201A/B/D/E, 202 - 209 Tampines St 21/23 Tampines 20 June 2017
Blk 329 - 341 Jurong East Ave 1 Jurong East 20 June 2017
Blk 41 - 44 Bedok Sth Rd
Blk 59, 62 - 65 New Upp Changi Rd
Bedok 20 July 2017
Blk 218 - 220 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1 Ang Mo Kio 20 July 2017
Blk 533 - 536 Bedok North St 3 Bedok 20 July 2017
Blk 9 - 23 St. George's Rd Sims Drive 20 July 2017
Blk 339 - 342, 344 & 345 Clementi Ave 5 Clementi 20 August 2017


You will only need to pay the upgrading cost after the upgrading works in the precinct are completed and if you are the flat owner at the date of billing. Billing will only occur after the upgrading costs for the precinct and the flat owners' share of the upgrading costs are finalised.

While we make every effort to make sure that the information provided is updated and correct, we do not guarantee that it will be timely, uninterrupted, or error-free.

The time frame we give is an estimate and the information does not take into account any changes that may occur subsequently. Please check with us on the exact billing date.

We shall not be held responsible for any:
  • Errors, omissions, or discrepancies in the information provided
  • Transmission failure
  • Consequences, damages, or loss incurred by users or any third party because of:
    • Transmission failure
    • Data corruption
    • Errors and omissions in the information

For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.