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Adjournment motion on meeting the housing needs of singles and Singaporeans

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Lower the age at which Singaporean singles can apply for a new HDB flat from the current 35 years to 28 and ramp up the supply of public housing for all. MP Louis Chua made this call in an adjournment motion in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 13). He said lowering the threshold for owning HDB flats to 28 years would go a long way towards HDB’s aims for Singapore’s public housing to be "inclusive" and to "reflect the diversity of our society". He also urged the Government to take urgent and decisive steps to increase the availability of public housing and address the demand-supply imbalance to meet the housing demand of all Singaporeans. Responding, Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Kiat How said that ensuring affordable and accessible housing for Singaporeans has always been an important priority for the Government. He said the Government is "keenly aware" that housing preferences and aspirations change over time, and across different life stages of families and individuals. This is why the Ministry of National Development (MND) and HDB have been actively engaging Singaporeans to understand their needs and aspirations. Mr Tan said MND is already taking steps to address the concerns raised by various groups, such as by ramping up the flat supply. It is monitoring the situation to see if other measures are needed. For singles, Mr Tan said HDB has expanded housing options for them. As part of the Forward Singapore exercise, MND will be engaging Singaporeans on their housing needs and aspirations. Mr Tan urged Singaporeans to participate and give their views. "I would like to assure Singaporeans that even as we engage all of you as part of the Forward Singapore exercise, we have already taken steps to address the concerns raised by various demographic groups and various segments of Singaporeans," he said.

Lower the age at which Singaporean singles can apply for a new HDB flat from the current 35 years to 28 and ramp up the supply of public housing for all. MP Louis Chua made this call in an adjournment motion in Parliament on Tuesday (Sep 13). He said lowering the threshold for owning HDB flats to 28 years would go a long way towards HDB’s aims for Singapore’s public housing to be "inclusive" and to "reflect the diversity of our society". He also urged the Government to take urgent and decisive steps to increase the availability of public housing and address the demand-supply imbalance to meet the housing demand of all Singaporeans. Responding, Senior Minister of State for National Development Tan Kiat How said that ensuring affordable and accessible housing for Singaporeans has always been an important priority for the Government. He said the Government is "keenly aware" that housing preferences and aspirations change over time, and across different life stages of families and individuals. This is why the Ministry of National Development (MND) and HDB have been actively engaging Singaporeans to understand their needs and aspirations. Mr Tan said MND is already taking steps to address the concerns raised by various groups, such as by ramping up the flat supply. It is monitoring the situation to see if other measures are needed. For singles, Mr Tan said HDB has expanded housing options for them. As part of the Forward Singapore exercise, MND will be engaging Singaporeans on their housing needs and aspirations. Mr Tan urged Singaporeans to participate and give their views. "I would like to assure Singaporeans that even as we engage all of you as part of the Forward Singapore exercise, we have already taken steps to address the concerns raised by various demographic groups and various segments of Singaporeans," he said.

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