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Ambassadors to help Hillgrove elderly understand HIP

The Hillgrove Residents' Committee has introduced its own ambassadors to help older residents better understand the Home Improvement Programme (HIP).

SINGAPORE: The Hillgrove Residents' Committee has introduced its own ambassadors to help older residents better understand the Home Improvement Programme (HIP).

The move comes as the Housing and Development Board extended the upgrading programme to some blocks in the Hillgrove estate.

The HIP helps flat owners deal with common maintenance problems related to ageing flats such as spalling concrete and ceiling leaks.

The ambassadors will be reaching out to residents at Blocks 501 and 503 to 511 on Bukit Batok Street 52 at Hillgrove.

Those blocks have been selected for the HIP and Enhancement for Active Seniors, another of HDB's flat enhancement programme catered for seniors.

Commenting on the initiative, MP for Chua Chu Kang GRC Low Yen Ling said it is important to ensure that residents, especially the seniors, have a good understanding of what the programme is about and how it will improve their living environment and safety of their homes.

The residents' committee said the 20-year-old estate has a high concentration of seniors.

Ms Low, who is also Parliamentary Secretary for Social and Family Development and Culture, Community and Youth, said: "The HIP ambassadors will be trained about the details of the Home Improvement Programme and will share this with the seniors in their preferred language, whether it is in English, Malay, Tamil as well as the Chinese dialects." 

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