Housing Scene

December 2020

Housing scene

‘Housing Scene’ brings you a quick round-up of HDB’s latest news, policies and initiatives. Stay connected with us as we deliver the newsletter directly to you every month. If you have any feedback, tell us here.

As the year draws to a close, we give you a summary of HDB’s policies and announcements in 2020, and a preview of what’s to come in 2021. This includes the first Community Care Apartments at Bukit Batok West, which will be launched in February 2021. We share some of the key features, and how you can find out more about the senior-friendly development. Finally, enjoy a visual feast of the myriad Shapes of Home, as seen through the lens of everyday residents, from our recent photo contest organised in collaboration with Singapore Press Holding’s (SPH) Photonico platform.


2020 Year in Review


From improving accessibility and designs of homes, supporting seniors and vulnerable families, to greening and upgrading of estates and towns – we remain steadfast in our mission to provide quality environments for Singaporeans to call home.

Here are some highlights in 2020

  • We launched the Designing for Life Roadmap, to help residents Live Well, Live Smart, and Live Connected. The HDB Green Towns Programme was also introduced to make HDB towns more sustainable and liveable by 2030
  • To help home buyers access flats faster, HDB now offers unselected balance flats available for direct booking under the Open Booking exercise
  • We introduced an integrated kitchen/ utility space for 3-room flats, and a flexible space for short-lease 2-room Flexi flats, as part of our continual efforts to design homes that meet changing needs
  • We enhanced our monetisation options for seniors, increasing cash bonuses for Lease Buyback Scheme and Silver Housing Bonus for retirement adequacy
  • A Home ownership Support Team was set up, offering guidance for rental families who are ready for home ownership

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Telegram for the latest housing updates!




Singapore’s first Community Care Apartments launching Feb 2021

Singapore’s first Community Care Apartments will be launched next year in February 2021! The pilot project will be located at Bukit Batok West, with retail, leisure, health and public transport amenities nearby to support seniors’ daily needs. The Community Care Apartments will integrate senior-friendly design features, care services, and social services and programmes which support independent ageing. Check out some of the key features in the Facebook post below:

Want to find out more about the Community Care Apartments? Read more about the service packages, eligibility conditions and flat prices on HDB InfoWEB, or call the HDB Sales/Resale Customer Service Line at 1800-866-3066 (from 8:00am to 5:00pm on weekdays).

You can also visit the physical exhibition at HDB Hub, which will be held from 14 December to 31 March 2021. The exhibition will feature 3D models of the Community Care Apartments and a mock-up of the communal space. A showroom of the flat will also be available from 4 January onwards. Safe management measures will be in place at the exhibition – note that you must book an appointment before coming down.




Come see our Shapes of Home 

In celebration of HDB’s 60 years of building homes, towns and communities, we asked you to show us your Shapes Of Homes in our photo contest with SPH Photonico. We are heartened that many of you contributed photos and shared fond memories with us, showing us what home means to you in myriad shapes and colours, from iconic designs to everyday moments in the heartlands.

The winning images and highlights of #HDBeautiful homes and heartlands can be viewed in an online exhibition. You can also find out more about the stories behind the photos here

We also spoke with five HDB dwellers, who told us that home is where the best memories are made. Watch Mr Tan, Sulwyn, Aunty Rose, Mizah and Kaye tell their stories on what Home means to them, or read their interviews on MyNiceHome:





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