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HDB Flats




Plans for a green and gracious garden city

The Straits Times, 21 Oct 1972, pp. 9

Summary: 5-years plans for the building of parks, swimming pools and sports facilities unveiled by the HDB.



Othman calls for fire prevention measures in flats

The Straits Times, 23 March 1976, pp. 8

Summary: MPs argue for the importance of retrofitting all HDB flats with fire-prevention structures



Are we too obsessed with the future and frills?

The Straits Times, 3 Aug 1989, pp. 26

Summary: The constant and seemingly unending stream of developments tire the writer. The writer questions the need for such ‘developments for the future’.



HDB will spend $106 million to upgrade old estates

The Straits Times, 22 March 1979, pp. 13

Summry: parliament discussion on what areas of HDB estates to be upgraded and how money will be spent



Facilities will raise precincts’ value

The Straits Times, 5 July 1996, pp. 56

Microfilm reel: NL 20117


Meeting needs, aspirations of old and new residents

The Straits Times, 10 May 1996, pp. 47

Microfilm reel: NL 20106


Community spirit to count in upgrading

The Straits Times, 18 Sep 1996, [[. 1

Microfilm reel: NL 20132


Changes in Store for HDB estates

The Straits Times, 13 Dec 1986, pp. 14

Summary: the changes in the layouts and planning of HDB estates/precincts, as well as architecture


also see:


Why some reject all-expenses paid HDB interim upgrading

The Straits Times, 3 Nov 1995, pp. 31

Microfilm reel: NL 20071


‘Mini-city’ coming up in Tampines to offer more jobs, leisure activities

The Straits Times, 15 Feb 1992, pp. 16

Microfilm reel: NL17603


3 more sites picked for HDB’s enbloc redevelopment

The Business Times, 21 Feb 2000, pp. 7

Microfilm reel: NL21770


To Sers with love

Today, 30 Nov 2002, pp. 14

Summary: the merits of the SERS program and the correlation location and demands/prices of flats



$10b for HDB upgrading

The Straits Times, 15 March 2001, pp. 1

Microfilm reel: NL22133


A little bit of San Francisco in Marsiling

The Straits Times, 25 Apr 1997, pp. 58

Microfilm reel: NL20173


How much are you willing to pay for a stairway to heaven?

The Straits Times, 24 May 2000, pp. 43

Microfilm reel: NL20397


Quicker, cheaper HDB lift upgrades

The Straits Times, 24 Feb 2006, pp. 1


Also see: Lift-upgrading cost should be borne by ‘all or govt’,


‘The whole country will be transformed’

Today, 20 Aug 2007, pp. 6

Summary: PM outlined the reinvigoration of HDB’s upgrading and building strategies





HDB cannot build fast enough to meet the rising demands: Mr Lee

The Straits Times, 23 Jul 1972, pp. 5

Summary: then-PM Lee talks about the challenges faced by HDB, and offers citizens advice on family planning and social cohesion.


Also see: Flats will go up faster in five new towns (changes in the method of building),


MP raps the HDB for lack of planning in new estates

The Straits Times, 12 Aug 1977, pp. 6

Summary: MP points out problems of the new estates in the central and in the north



Proposed Price Zones

The Straits Times, 17 May 1981, pp. 6

Summary: the various zonings of HDB estates



New town that is a mix of high and low

The Straits Times, 24 Dec 1982, pp. 13

Summary: new urban planning policy of merging new estates with existing ones (Serangoon)



HDB urged to be less bureaucratic

The Straits Times, 29 Oct 1983, pp. 15

Summary: MP reminding bureaucrats the importance of empathy in the process of allocating flats to people



Future homes for the two largest HDB new towns

The Straits Times, 24 Oct 1984, pp. 15

Summary: plans to build new estates in Yishun and Sembawang, connection of housing estates, population and electoral politics



HDB acquiring more land again

Singapore Monitor, 5 Oct 1984, pp.1

Summary: execution of the land acquisition act



Concern over open balcony

The Straits Times, 9 Nov 1984, pp. 2

Summary: Maisonette owners displeased with HDB’s policy and regulations on the alterations they can make to their balconies



It’s all part of the concept

The Straits Times, 30 July 1985, pp. 26

Summary: The article highlights the workings of the concept plan and the workings behind Singapore’s rapid urbanization since the 1960s



HDB now goes for quality

The Straits Times, 28 Oct 1985, pp. 13

Summary: article highlights the importance of workmanship and design for flats in the new towns. It also draws light to HDB’s accomplishments for the past 10 years


Also see: HDB flat owners appreciate quality of their homes, The Business Times, NL 21983


We need not buy back these flats, says HDB

The Straits Times. 5 July 1986, pp. 10

Summary: HDB’s policy on HUDC flats



Evicted families will be offered rental homes

The Straits Times, 1 Aug 1986, pp. 12

Summary: HDB offers rental homes to families evicted after conviction of killer-litter offences



Prefabricated wall for houses a first

The Straits Times, 25 Jan 1988, pp. 18

Summary: changes in the ways of building to increase pace of building



Singapore city in the 21st century

The Straits Times, 4 June 1989, pp. 23

Summary: two architects, a sociologist and a civil servant discuss with the Sunday Times about strategies for Singapore’s future (housing is a big part of it!)



Target: private housing for a third of the population

The Business Times, 13 Sep 1991, pp. 1

Microfilm reel: NL17688


Building RCs ‘helps new town residents settle in faster’

The Straits Times, 25 April 1996, pp. 34.

Microfilm reel: NL20103, also see: Community ties: it’s the basics that count NL 27303


HDB maisonettes not spared

The Business Times, 22 Oct 1998, pp. 4

Microfilm reel: NL21345


Flat buyers get a dose of ‘Northern Exposure’

The Straits Times, 9 Nov 1993, pp. 25

Microfilm reel: NL18926


JTC introduces ‘manage your own estate scheme’

Singapore Monitor, 4 Jan 1984, pp. 23

Summary: Option given to residents living in executive flats around Jurong and Sembawang the choice to manage their own estate



HDB launches new Design Plus flats

The Straits Times, 10 Jan 1996, pp. 1

Microfilm reel: NL20084


No frills housing, please

The Straits Times, 9 Feb 2009, pp. 1

Microfilm reel: NL29660

Also see: Now to focus on basics, microfilm reel: NL25265


Homing in on the city

The Business Times, 18 Oct 1997, pp. 17

Microfilm reel: NL21043


Govt to review ethnic quota in HDB estates

The Straits Times, 29 July 1997, pp. 27

Summary: ethnic quotas affecting Indians more than Malays or Chinese, government intends tor review this.



An international mix in Yishun Ave 5

The Straits Times, 22 Sep 1987, pp. 18

Summary: Govt. tries to provide expat with cheap, affordable housing



HDB may ease rules for flats ‘going private’

The Straits Times, 24 July 2002, pp. 1

Summary: easing of property rules (e.g. rental) for flats on the resale market



HDB to build 3 room flats again

The Straits Times, 14 March 2004, pp. 1

Summary: to ease the overwhelming demand for affordable housing, government starts building 3 room flats again



Future of Three (room flats)

The Straits Times, 5 June 1993, pp. 2

Microfilm reel: NL18486


Lower income


Good news for housewife who had always wanted a house of her own

The Straits Times, 15 May 1985, pp. 12

Summary: the home ownership scheme encouraged and enabled lower income households to have a place of their own



No income ceiling for tenants in new schemes

The Straits Times, 24 Dec 1985, pp. 13

Summary: describes the working of the Easy Payment Scheme, and the lowering of down payments



Helping the low income own homes

Today, 8 April 2006, pp. 3

Microfilm reel: NL26660


Displaced citizens who may now rent HDB flats

The Straits Times, 23 Feb 1975, pp. 8

Summary; resettled residents from the old kampungs given a choice to rent HDB flats


Also see:


Integrate two room units with other blocks

The Straits Times, 24 Feb 2006, pp. 18

Microfilm reel: NL26613

Also see: A mix of flats in the same block mooted,


3, 4 room flat prices to be pegged to income levels

The Business Times, 23 Aug 1996, pp. 2

Microfilm reel: NL20626


Govt. must ensure poor in S’pore not disadvantaged

The Straits Times, 2 March 1993, pp. 29

Microfilm reel: NL18196


From rental flats to own homes

The Straits Times, 30 Sep 2006, pp. 6

Microfilm reel: NL27061


Demand for subsidized HDB rental flat surges

The Straits Times, 30 Nov 2007, pp. 3

Microfilm reel: NL28567


MPs: Plug loopholes for rental flats

The Straits Times, 23 Aug 2008, pp. 36

Microfilm reel: NL29460


Encouraging homeownership has its price

The Straits Times, 5 Dec 1998, pp. 77

Microfilm reel: NL20285


The perils of growing up in a one-room flat

The Straits Times, 6 July 2009, pp. 81

Microfilm reel: NL30105


At last, her family has a home of its own

The Straits Times, 1 Feb 1996, pp. 27

Microfilm reel: NL20089


More 2-room, rental flats soon

The Straits Times, 18 Oct 2007, pp. 30

Microfilm reel: NL28538


Old block, new faces [about rental flats]

The Straits Times, 20 June 2009, pp. 92

Microfilm reel: NL30057


Rental flats for the needy to be allocated from this month

The Business Times, 3 Jan 2008, pp. 9

Microfilm reel: NL28804


HDB to help needy who need to downgrade

The Straits Times, 8 March 2005, pp. 3

Summary: possible loans and subsidies to help those who lost their jobs/income and need to downgrade



Rental flats: review to weed out less needy

The Straits Times, 3 Jan 2008, pp. 31



Fast facts about rental flats in Singapore

The Straits Times, 20 June 2009, pp. 94



Pity the poor, relax rules for rental flats

The Straits Times, 18 March 2003, pp. 5





Couples reluctant to live near old parents?

The Straits Times, 10 Sep 1979, pp. 13



Build small flats for retirees

The Business Times, 19 Jan 1994

Microfilm reel: NL19042


Give grants to elderly who retain CPF savings

The Straits Times, 19 Jan 1994

Microfilm reel: NL 18978


Old parents trade big houses for fuller lives

The Straits Times, 15 Feb 1997, pp. 2

Microfilm reel: NL20160


Rules eased for elderly flat buyers

The Straits Times, 30 Aug 2005, pp. 4

Microfilm reel: NL26375


Flats for seniors now available

The Straits Times, 31 Aug 2005, pp. 7

Microfilm reel: NL 26374


400 more HDB studio flats for the elderly

The Straits Times, 8 April 2006, pp. 3

Microfilm reel: NL26647


(elderlys’) Studios ‘merged’ with the larger flats

The Straits Times, 19 Oct 2004, pp. 5

Microfilm reel: NL25836

Also see: A BTO Bonanza


MPs urge HDB to do more for singles and the elderly

The Straits Times, 26 July 1997, pp. 33

Microfilm reel: NL20192


Price cuts of studios attract 32 applications

The Straits Times, 1 Apr 1999, pp. 33

Microfilm reel: NL20307


NTUC plans to set up more care centres for the elderly

The Straits Times, 18 March 1999, pp. 32

Microfilm reel: NL20304


Elderly prefer to live among younger folks

The Straits Times, 15 Jan 2003, pp. 4

Microfilm reel: NL 24919


A park made for the elderly

The Straits Times, 2 march 2005, pp. 19

Microfilm reel: NL26132


Their flat, their source of income

The Straits TImes, 24 June 2009, pp. 4

Summary: the HDB lease buyback scheme will provide aged retirees with a steady stream of income per month



Subsidy use, not age…

Today, 20 Aug 2009, pp. 10

Summary: parliament discusses alternatives to priority for HDB flats



Flats: enough options, so no priority for aged

The Straits Times, 20 August 2009, pp. 33

Summary: About the various schemes in place to cater to the housing needs of the elderly


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