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.Arrow down icon
Scope of works
There are 3 main components of works under the HIP: the Essential, Optional and Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) 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
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:
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.
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.
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.Arrow down icon
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:
1/ 2/ 3-Room
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.
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.
See which precincts have been shortlisted for the HIP polling.Arrow down icon
Batch Precinct Polling Dates 10 Blks 321 - 335 Serangoon Ave 2/ 3 5 to 8 Aug 2017 10 Blks 575 - 578 & 584 - 587 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3/ 10 12 to 14 Aug 2017 10 Blks 840, 842, 843, 845, 847 - 850 & 853 - 855 Woodlands St 82/ 83 18 to 21 Aug 2017 9 Blks 611 - 618 Bedok Reservoir Rd 18 to 21 Aug 2017
The polling results determine whether a shortlisted precinct will undergo the HIP.Arrow down icon
Batch Precinct Polling Dates 10 Blks 236 – 242 Yishun Ring Rd 7 to 9 Jul 2017 10 Blks 215 - 219, 215A, 217A, 219A, & 231 Jurong East St 21 8 to10 Jul 2017 10 Blks 101 – 104 & 106 Ah Hood Rd/ Jalan Dusun 8 to 10 Jul 2017 10 Blks 101 – 109 Potong Pasir Ave 1 14 to 17 Jul 2017 8 Blks 461 – 463 & 466 – 468 Crawford Lane/ North Bridge Rd 14 to 17 Jul 2017 9 Blks 501 – 504 Bedok North St 3 15 to 17 Jul 2017 10 Blks 426 – 430 & 501 - 503 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3/ 5 22 to 24 Jul 2017 10 Blks 150 – 161 Yishun St 11 22 to 24 Jul 2017 10 Blks 626 - 639 Hougang Ave 8 28 to 31 Jul 2017 10 Blks 287 - 298 Tampines St 22 28 to 31 Jul 2017
Scheduled billing dates
See which precincts have been scheduled for billing.Arrow down icon
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 DateBlk 41 - 44 Bedok Sth RdBlk 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 Blk 407 - 411 & 413 - 417 Bt Batok West Ave 4 Bukit Batok 20 August 2017 Blk 201 - 208 Jurong East St 21 Jurong East 20 August 2017 Blk 135 - 138 & 145 - 149 Bishan St 11/12 Bishan 20 August 2017 Blk 1, 2, 6, 7, 24 & 25 Hougang Ave 3 Hougang 20 September 2017 Blk 51 - 57 New Upper Changi Rd Bedok 20 September 2017 Blk 715 - 717, 723 & 724 Clementi West St 2 Clementi 20 September 2017 Blk 701 - 704, 706, 707 &710 West Coast Road/Clementi West St 2 Clementi 20 September 2017 Blk 222 - 230 Bukit Batok St 21/ Central/ East Ave 3 Bukit Batok 20 September 2017 Blk 55 - 63 Chai Chee Drive/Rd Bedok 20 September 2017 Blk 426 - 435 Clementi Ave 3 Clementi 20 October 2017 Blk 601 - 606 Ang Mo Kio Ave 5 Ang Mo Kio 20 November 2017 Blk 209 - 214 Jurong East St 21 Jurong East 20 November 2017 Blk 619 - 629 Bedok Reservoir Rd Bedok 20 November 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.
The images in the information provided herein are for illustrative purposes and the actual improvements (including the colour, type, design, dimensions and specifications of the actual improvements) installed may differ from the improvements shown in the images in the information provided herein.
The time frame we give is an estimate and the information does not take into account any change that may occur subsequently. Please check with HDB on the exact billing date and if the information provided herein applies to your circumstances.
To seek clarification of the Content, please visit www.hdb.gov.sg to obtain HDB’s contact details.
For more information, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.