New housing policies are showing results, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan.
In his ministry’s blog post on Thursday, Mr Khaw said ramping up the construction of Build-To-Order flats, and introducing the Parenthood Priority Scheme (PPS) and Parenthood Provisional Housing Scheme (PPHS) are meant to help the young meet their aspirations as soon as they are ready to do so.
Mr Khaw said the first-timer backlog is largely cleared.
Come January 2014, almost 10,000 couples would have benefited from the PPS.
Mr Khaw noted that among these couples, about half or nearly 5,000 couples are either expecting, or already have young children below two years old.
There is also good response to the PPHS, with nearly 800 flats being taken up since its launch.
Mr Khaw said as vacancies are still available, eligible families can now apply for PPHS at any time, and move into their PPHS flats soon after applying.
PPHS offers families the option of temporarily renting a HDB flat at affordable rates while waiting for their new flats to be ready.
Source : Channel NewsAsia – 26 Dec 2013