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?

The HIP was introduced in 2007. At that time, flats built up to 1986, and had not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme were eligible for the HIP. In August 2018, the HIP was extended to include flats built between 1987 and 1997.

Scope of works

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. At the same time, you can opt for Optional and EASE improvements.

Essential improvements

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

  • Repair spalling concrete/ structural cracks
  • Replace waste / soil discharge stacks
  • (The pipes will be changed if they are cast iron, mixture of cast iron and UPVC, or if they are UPVC and there are leaks and cracks.)
  • Replace pipe sockets with new clothes drying rack
  • Upgrade electrical load
  • (This will be carried out after the completion of HIP works, if necessary.)

Optional improvements

You may choose any of the improvements below and pay for only your share of the improvement works carried out in your flat.

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

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

Since 2020, we have refreshed the HIP package to include more contemporary and better quality improvement items. These new fittings and finishes apply to HIP projects polling after 30 March 2020:

Improvement Item  Features
External retractable clothes drying rack, where technically feasible

Six horizontal stainless steel poles, which can be extended and retracted within the frame of the rack

Watch how the external retractable clothes drying rack works, and how you can maintain it.

Toilet/ Bathroom upgrade                                      

Larger wall/ floor tiles

Better quality sanitary fittings

Entrance door and gate

Decorative timber door or laminated timber door, with enhanced resistance against scratches

 

Wrought iron grill gate or mild steel entrance gate with interior thumb-turn knob

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

Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) Improvements

To enhance the safety and comfort of seniors living in HDB flats, we have introduced EASE as an optional improvement. You may choose any of the following items based on your needs:

  • Slip-resistant treatment to floor tiles of 2 toilets/ bathrooms
  • Grab bars in 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 single-step ramp, portable ramp or customised ramp for multi-step main entrance, and if technically feasible, for e.g., no space constraints or compliance to authorities’ requirements].

EASE (Direct Application)

You can still enjoy the benefits of EASE if you wish to have the improvements before the HIP, or if your blocks do not qualify for the HIP, and the programme is offered to all HDB flats in all towns.

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

Duration of work

The time required for HIP to be completed for a typical precinct (comprising 8 to 10 blocks) will take about 1.5 to 2 years. Works in each flat will take 10 working days or less, depending on the improvements chosen.

Polling requirements

The HIP will only proceed if 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.

Precinct working committee

In each HIP precinct, a working committee, chaired by the Adviser to the Grassroots Organisation will be formed. The committee comprises representatives from the residents, grassroots leaders, HDB officials, and Town Council officials. HDB will work with the working committee to implement the HIP.

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

4-Room

5-Room

Executive

Cost-sharing ratio

5%

7.5%

10%

12.5%

Amount payable*

$550

$825

$1,100

$1,375

* For HIP projects polling after 30 March 2020.All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.

Similarly, EASE is highly subsidised by the Government. If a resident selects all the EASE items, the cost would be about:

  • $2,500 (with single-step ramp at main entrance)
  • $2,940 (with portable ramp at main entrance)
  • $3,840 (with customised ramp at main entrance
As the Government subsidises up to 95% of the cost, Singapore Citizens would only need to pay from $125 to $480, depending on their flat type, as shown below:

Flat Type

1/ 2/ 3-Room

4-Room

5-Room

Executive

Cost-sharing ratio  5% 7.5%  10% 12.5%
 Amount Payable*
(Full EASE package with single-step ramp)
 $125  $187.50 $250 $312.50
Amount Payable*
(Full EASE package with portable ramp) 
 $147  $220.50 $294 $367.50
 Amount Payable*
(Full EASE package with customised ramp)
 $192 $288  $384 $480
* Maximum amount if all the items are opted for. All amounts stated are estimates and are subject to GST. The final amount will be determined only upon completion of the upgrading works.

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

Singapore Permanent Resident households

Singapore Permanent Resident households have to pay the full upgrading cost. For optional and EASE 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.

There is no polling for the month.

Polling results

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

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
1 Blks 20 & 21 Holland Drive 10 to 12 Jan 2020
11 Blks 40-43 & 45 - 47 Holland Drive 10 to 12 Jan 2020
11 Blks 1 - 5 Delta Ave, Blks 94 & 95 Havelock Road 11 to 12 Jan 2020

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:

 

Precinct

Branch In Charge

Date of Billing

Blk 84 Telok Blangah Heights.  Bukit Merah  20 Apr 2021
Blk 165 - 167 & 170 - 175 Yishun Ring Ro/Ave 7 Yishun 20 Apr 2021
Blk 101, 103 & 106 Yishun Ave 5/Ring Road Yishun 20 Apr 2021
Blk 122, 124 & 127 Bukit Merah Lane 1 Bukit Merah 20 May 2021
 Blk 168 - 172 Bishan St 13 Bishan 20 May 2021
 Blk 192 - 197 Bishan St 13 Bishan 20 May 2021
 Blk 614 - 625 Hougang Ave 8 Hougang 20 Jun 2021
 Blk 309 - 312, 314, 317 - 319 Hougang Ave 5/ 7  Hougang  20 Jun 2021
Blk 336 - 350 Woodlands Ave 1/ 3/ St 32  Woodlands 20 Jun 2021
Blk 101 - 104, 106 & 108 Hougang Ave 1 Hougang 20 Jun 2021
Blk 470 - 476 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10  Ang Mo Kio 20 Jul 2021
Blk 401 - 407 Tampines St 41 Tampines 20 Jul 2021
Blk 230 - 238 Hougang Ave 1/St 21 Hougang 20 Jul 2021
Blk 410 - 417 Eunos Rd 5 Geylang 20 Jul 2021
Blk 121 - 131 Yishun St 11 Yishun 20 Aug 2021
Blk 101 - 104 & 106 Ah Hood Road/ Jln Dusun Toa Payoh 20 Aug 2021
Blk 456 - 461, 501 - 504 & 506 - 508 Jurong West Ave1/ St 41/ St 51/ St 52 Jurong West 20 Aug 2021
Blk 701 - 708 Bedok Reservoir Rd/ Bedok Nth Rd Bedok 20 Sep 2021

Disclaimer:

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.

Your use of and/or reliance on all or any part of the information relating to the Home Improvement Programme contained in the HDB InfoWEB (the “Content”) is subject to your full acceptance of the Terms of Use of the HDB InfoWEB.

To seek clarification of the Content, please visit www.hdb.gov.sg to obtain HDB’s contact details.

 

For more information on the HIP works after a successful poll, you can refer to our HIP information booklet.