Housing in Singapore(part 2)

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Housing in Singapore(part 2)

Housing in Singapore(part 2)

In the 1960s,public housings received much attention from the goverment because of the urgent need to solve the housing shortage in Singapore.HDB was formed on 1st February 1960 to build low-cast housing for low-income Singaporeans.Its main task at that time was to build as many flats as possible in the shortest time and at the lowest cost.The first HDB estate in Singapore is Qweenstown.

The goverment introduced the 'Home Ownership for the People Scheme' in 1964 to allow Singaporeans to buy and own flats at subsidised rates.The goverment wanted the people to have a sense ofbelonging to Singapore.

The HDB also makes sure that there is abalance in the distribution of races living in the HDB estates. Common spaces and shared fialiclties, such as playgrounds and fitness corners, facilitate interaction among neighbours.The is the HDB's effort to buld up a Singapore identity and social cohesion in our multi-racial society.

HDB TownsToa Payoh Town is the first new town built by the AHDB. To meet the needs of the people, each new town is planned and designed to be self-sufficient. Each town has a town centre with shops and transportation facilites. It is also provieded with arange of facilites such as schools, parks, shops and markets. The HDB works closely with other government organisations in the planning of new towns. These new towns are located away from the city centre. This helps the city centre to be less crowded.

HDB towns located within the same region are served by a regional centre. Tampines is the first regional centre built by the HDB under the Singapore Concept Plan. A wider range of facilities include offices, banks, clinics, shopping malls, a post office and alibrary. Other examples of regional centres are Woodlands and Jurong.

Upgrading of HDB FlatsTo cater to the needs of the people, old housing estates such as Queenstown and others are being upgraded. Upgrading of flats is only carried out if 75% or more home owners agree to it. The upgrading projects are subsidised by the government and homeowners only have to pay a small percentage of the cost of upgrading of their flats. The upgrading features include toilet landscape courtyards. To serve the needs of the ageing population and the disabled, the HDB has carried out a massive nation-wide programme to upgrade theHDB blocks by adding new lifts and lift landing to serve every floor.



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