Mr Muhamad Faisal Bin Abdul Manap asked the Minister for National Development (a) in each of the past five years, how many (i) short-lease 2-room Flexi flats and (ii) Community Care Apartments has HDB launched for sale; (b) how many persons have applied for these flats; (c) how many persons are unsuccessful; (d) what are the main reasons for the unsuccessful applications; and (e) of those who are unsuccessful, how many were already living in 4-room or larger HDB flats.
Mr Desmond Lee: Between 2017 and 2021, HDB offered about 21,200 2-room Flexi flats. In 2021, HDB launched the first Community Care Apartment (CCA) pilot at Bukit Batok with about 170 units. About 18,300 seniors applied for the 2-room Flexi flats, and about 600 seniors applied for the CCAs. Seniors who are successful in their applications can select their preferred lease tenure during their flat booking appointment.
For 2-room Flexi flats, as with other flat types, application rates vary across projects depending on their locations and attributes. To maximise applicants’ chances of securing a flat, HDB invites more applicants for flat booking than the available flat supply, as some applicants who are successful in the ballot may not book a flat. Overall, between 2017 and 2021, about four in five seniors who applied for the 2-room Flexi flats were successful. The remaining one in five seniors were unsuccessful as they applied for popular projects which were over-subscribed. For the CCAs, about one in two applications were unsuccessful.
About half of the seniors who were unsuccessful in their applications for 2-room Flexi flats or CCAs were already living in a 4-room or larger HDB flat at the point of application.
Ministry of National Development
10 January 2023