06 Dec '17, 3am

Divorcees & single parents can buy HDB flats but still face challenges

Divorcees & single parents can buy HDB flats but still face challenges

In September, Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng presented a petition to Parliament calling for the Housing and Development Act (HDA) to be amended to make housing policies more inclusive for divorcees and unmarried parents. The petitioners felt that this group of people were disadvantaged because the authorities did not recognise unmarried parents and their children as a family nucleus. They also disagreed with the long debarment periods that prevented divorcees from accessing purchase and rental flats. The petition was turned down by the Public Petitions Committee and Ministry of National Development (MND) on Nov. 29. HDB’s reasons for turning down the petition Highlighting that the Housing Development Board (HDB) already exercised flexibility in granting exemptions for single parents on a case-by-case basis, the authorities said that there was no need for the HDA to be changed. T...

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