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

Take a look at the instructions for the use of the external retractable clothes drying rack or watch how it 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 (available in white or reddish brown) 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.

Find out more about HIP in our HIP Guide.

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.

You can use our HIP with EASE 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 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.

Batch Precinct Polling Dates
13 Blks 24 & 25 Teban Gardens Rd 1 Oct to 3 Oct 2021
13  Blks 343 - 346 & 359 - 367 Yishun Ring Rd/Ave 11 1 Oct to 5 Oct 2021 
13  Blks 936 - 946 Tampines Ave 4/5 7 Oct to 10 Oct 2021 
13  Blks 111 - 114 Lor 3 Geylang 9 Oct to 10 Oct 2021
13 Blks 241 - 253 & 254 - 259 Kim Keat Link/Ave 14 Oct to 18 Oct 2021 
12 Blks 320, 327 & 329 Yishun Central/Ring Rd 15 Oct to 19 Oct 2021 
13  Blks 321 - 326, 328 & 330 - 332 Yishun Ring Rd/Central 15 Oct to 19 Oct 2021
13 Blks 201 - 216 Petir Rd  15 Oct to 19 Oct 2021 
13 Blks 253, 254, 254A & 261 - 267 Serangoon Central Dr/Central/Ave 3 16 Oct to 17 Oct 2021 
13  Blks 139 - 144, 150 - 152, 150A & 152A (MSCP) Bishan St 11/12  22 Oct to 24 Oct 2021 
13 Blks 221 - 235 Simei St 4 22 Oct to 25 Oct 2021 
13 Blks 153 - 167 Bishan St 13 22 Oct to 26 Oct 2021
13 Blks 743 - 751 Jurong West St 73  29 Oct to 1 Nov 2021 
13 Blks 349 - 358, 350A & 355A Yishun Ring Rd/Ave 11 29 Oct to 1 Nov 2021 
13 Blks 101 - 112 Teck Whye Lane 29 Oct to 2 Nov 2021 

Polling results

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

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 116, 177 - 182 Ang Mo Ave 4/ 5 Ang Mo Kio 20 Oct 2021
Blk 232 & 233 Bain Street Sims Drive 20 Oct 2021
Blk 140 - 149 Yishun Street 11/ Ring Road Yishun 20 Oct 2021
Blk 236 - 240 Lorong 1 Toa Payoh Toa Payoh 20 Oct 2021
Blk 423 - 431, 492, 494, 495 & 498 Jurong West Ave 1/ Street 41 West Zone 20 Oct 2021
Blk 154 - 157, 201, 210 & 211 Hougang Street 11/ 21 Hougang 20 Nov 2021
Blk 138 - 145 Lor Ah Soo Hougang 20 Nov 2021
Blk 640 - 653 Hougang Ave 8 Hougang 20 Nov 2021
Blk 632 - 641, 633A, 636A, 637A & 640A Yishun Street 61  Yishun 20 Dec 2021
 Blk 116 Bt Merah View Bukit Merah  20 Dec 2021
Blk 335A & 335B Smith St Bukit Merah 20 Dec 2021
Blk 602 - 612 Yishun St 61  Yishun 20 Jan 2022
Blk 716 - 721 Bedok Reservoir Rd Bedok 20 Jan 2022
Blk 575 - 578 & 584 - 587 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3/ 10  Ang Mo Kio 20 Jan 2022
Blk 129 - 134 Geylang East Ave 1/ 2 Geylang 20 Jan 2022
Blk 311 - 318 Ubi Ave 1 Geylang  20 Jan 2022
Blk 10 - 21 Joo Seng Road  Geylang 20 Jan 2022
Blk 201 - 210 Serangoon Central Bishan 20 Jan 2022
Blk 501 - 509 Hougang Ave 8/ 10 Hougang 20 Jan 2022
Blk 611 - 618 Bedok Reservoir Road  Bedok 20 Feb 2022
Blk 633 - 640 Ang Mo Kio Ave 6 Ang Mo Kio 20 Feb 2022
Blk 155 - 172 Bedok South Road/ Ave 3  Bedok   20 Feb 2022

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 ima21ges 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.