The recent Build-to-Order (BTO) exercise for five-room and three-generation (3Gen) flats in Yishun saw 1,152 applications, of which 378 were from multi-generation families, said National Development Minister Khaw Boon Wan in a blog post.
This is in comparison to last year when only three percent of five-room applicants applied to live with their parents under the Married Child Priority Scheme (MCPS).
Mr Khaw noted that the launch of 3Gen flats has encouraged more Singaporeans to consider multi-generation living, which is a good sign. “We should continue to facilitate multi-generation living for Singaporeans who wish to do so,” he noted.
HDB offered only 84 3Gen flats in the Yishun BTO exercise as they were unsure of demand. These flats were released together with 260 units of five-room flats to provide applicants with an alternative option in case all 3Gen flats were taken up when their turn came.
The BTO exercise also recorded strong interest from second-timers upgrading to a bigger flat to live with their parents and accommodate their growing family. This group accounted for two-thirds of the 378 applicants from multi-generation families.
Of the first-timer families, six in 10 are expecting or have young children below the age of 16, while one in 10 have no children.
“I am happy they are planning ahead to move into a larger flat to better take care of their ageing parents and future children.”
“As our population ages, family care and support will become increasingly important for the well-being of our seniors. They also help to enrich family relations by sharing their experiences, and lending an extra hand in caring for their grandchildren,” added Mr Khaw.