Housing poverty in Singapore
- Individuals served in 2016: 1,660
- Volunteers hosted in 2016: 2,297
- Projects: volunteer builds, project 'HomeWork', 'Bare Your Sole', disaster response
Since its inception, HFH Singapore has continually mobilised volunteers under the Global Village programme for building projects and disaster response all over the world including Malaysia, Indonesia, China and India.
In Singapore, the Project HomeWorks programme seeks to improve the living conditions, safety and sanitation facilities of a growing number of vulnerable elderly across the island. To date, HFH Singapore has mobilised a total of more than 18,500 volunteers in over 700 builds in the Asia-Pacific region and over 1,300 home improvement projects.
HFH Singapore is also involved in fund raising and advocacy for Habitat projects in the Asia-Pacific region and other parts of the world.
Before the Singapore government established the Housing & Development Board (HDB) as the country’s public housing authority in 1960, only 9 percent of the population was living in low-cost public housing.
Today, more than 80 percent of Singapore’s population lives in high quality HDB flats and approximately 90 percent of these residents own their flats.
In 2012, the Singapore government announced that there were over 35,000 vulnerable elderly living alone.
This number is likely to increase to 61,000 by 2020 and 83,000 by 2030.
Living conditions for these elderly people, who typically reside in one-room estates, are poor as many are unable to care for themselves.
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