She jumped at the opportunity when she first heard about Fresh Start in 2018. She opted for a 60-year lease. The flat cost about $141,000, including the resale levy, and she received $44,000 in grants. She was able to pay the purchase price in full.
“I’m glad I can give my sons a better environment now,” she said. “They were so excited to chip in with their own ideas for the renovation. Almost everything is new, so it really feels like a fresh start.” (Source: The Straits Times)
“When I meet those who have purchased a flat, there is a sense of achievement and happiness… Our aim is to help families living in public rental flats achieve home ownership and inter-generational mobility, so their children can move up the social ladder,” said Dr Faishal.
Fresh Start Housing Scheme: second chance at owning a flat
The team walks the journey with them, providing guidance and support every step of the way. Working hand-in-hand with them, the team guides them on their housing budget and flat options, and help them navigate the processes – from planning their flat purchase to key collection.
As each family’s circumstances are unique, the team strives to identify the targeted help they need, and work closely with partners such as the Ministry of Social and Family Development, Ministry of Manpower, Community Link, and Family Service Centres, to offer personalised support.