HDB has financial assistance for rental flats?

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After writing “HDB ($99) eviction of single jobless mother with sick father: Compassionate or heartless?” – I googled “HDB financial assistance” and found the following in the HDB’s web site:

HDB’s financial assistance for rental flats?

Rental Assistance

The following measures are in place to help applicants with financial difficulties:
  • Option to pay rent arrears by instalments within a reasonable time frame” – so, was the unemployed single mother caring for her sick father – given the option to pay the $99 she owed in rent arrears, “by instalments within a reasonable time frame”, instead of evicting her?
  • Referral to the Social Service Offices (SSOs) for assistance under the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF)’s ComCare Schemes” – so, did the HDB refer her to the Social Service Office – and what assistance was given to her?
  • Referral to the Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs) or Family Service Centres (FSCs) for other forms of social support” – so, did the HDB refer to any VWO or FSC – and what assistance was given to her?
  • “Rightsizing to a smaller flat with lower rent”
  • Leong Sze Hian

About the Author

Leong Sze Hian has served as the president of 4 professional bodies, honorary consul of 2 countries, an alumnus of Harvard University, authored 4 books, quoted over 1500 times in the media , has been a radio talkshow host, a newspaper daily columnist, Wharton Fellow, SEACeM Fellow, columnist for theonlinecitizen and Malaysiakini, executive producer of Ilo Ilo (40 international awards), Hotel Mumbai (associate producer), invited to speak more than 200 times in about 40 countries, CIFA advisory board member, founding advisor to the Financial Planning Associations of 2 countries. He has 3 Masters, 2 Bachelors degrees and 13 professional  qualifications.