Home Improvement Programme to be Extended to Benefit 230,000 More HDB Households
About 230,000 more HDB households will benefit from the Home Improvement Programme (HIP), as HDB extends the programme to flats built between 1987 and 1997. Previously, only flats built up to 1986 would be offered the HIP. The extension of the HIP was announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally today.
2 Introduced in 2007, the Home Improvement Programme (HIP) was offered to HDB flats built up to 1986 that had not undergone the previous Main Upgrading Programme (MUP). There are about 320,000 flats eligible for the HIP under this 1986 age-band.
3 The HIP focuses on improvements within the flat and helps flat owners address common maintenance problems related to ageing flats in a systematic and comprehensive manner. There are two main components of work under the HIP – Essential and Optional.
4 The Essential Improvements enhance public health and safety standards, and are fully paid for by the Government. They include repair of spalling concrete, replacement of waste/soil discharge stacks if damaged, replacement of pipe sockets with a new clothes drying rack, as well as upgrading of the electrical load.
5 Optional Improvements include items such as upgrading of the existing toilet/bathrooms, installation of a new decorative door and metal grille gate, and a new refuse chute hopper. Flat owners can choose the improvements they need in their flat, and pay only for those items selected.
6 The HIP will only proceed when at least 75% of a block’s eligible Singapore Citizen households have voted in favour of it.
7 In conjunction with the HIP, HDB will also continue to offer the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme. EASE was launched in 2012 to enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in HDB flats. Under EASE, home owners can choose from a range of elderly-friendly fittings and pay only for the improvements chosen. These include slip-resistant treatment for bathroom floor tiles, grab bars within the flat, and ramps to help the resident negotiate level differences in the flat.
8 Since its launch, the HIP has benefitted many Singaporeans and improved their quality of life. As of 1 Aug 2018, HIP has been announced for about 242,000 of the close to 320,000 eligible flats under the 1986 age-band. Of these, the upgrading works have been completed for more than half, or 122,000 flats, with work underway in the remaining flats. The announcement of HIP for all eligible flats in the 1986 age-band will be done by 2019. The Government expects to spend more than $4bn on these projects.
9 With the expansion of the HIP to flats built up to 1997, about 230,000 more HDB households island-wide can look forward to the improvement works under HIP and EASE.