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