Country Singapore
Year 2012
Type of Measure Social services > Longer term support (Education, Employment, Housing and Financial)
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


Under the Housing & Development Board's (HDB) Public Rental Scheme, HDB lets out 1- and 2-room flats to poor and needy citizen households who cannot afford to buy flats, have no other housing options and no family support.  As the rental flats are limited and very heavily subsidised by the Government, applicants must meet a set of eligibility criteria in order to qualify.  Notwithstanding this, HDB does consider allowing certain cases which cannot fully meet the eligibility criteria but with extenuating circumstances, to apply for rental flats, on a case-by-case basis.

For example, in a case where the divorce has not yet taken place, but because of proven violence by the other party, HDB could allow the spouse and children to enter rental housing first, without the inclusion of the other party in the application, which is normally required.  The spouse then submits the divorce documents at later date when the proceedings are completed.  In some instances, HDB might offer interim rental housing, at below market rates, to help tide them over their temporary hardship while they work out their longer-term solutions.  At present, HDB have about 45,000 1- and 2-room rental flats in Singapore, with a good geographical spread.

Source of Information

Response of the Government of Singapore to the questionnaire on violence against women 2012