SINGAPORE – The Community Link (ComLink) programme, which provides comprehensive and coordinated support to low-income families, will be expanded nationwide to 21 towns over two years to cover all 14,000 families with children who live in highly subsidised rental housing. The Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) piloted the programme in 2019 in four areas – Boon Lay, Marsiling, Kembangan-Chai Chee and Jalan Kukoh – to better support families living in rental flats who often face a host of problems. Since its launch, the programme has supported 1,000 families. For example, in each ComLink town, MSF’s Social Service Office (SSO) leads a ComLink alliance, comprising government agencies, companies and community partners. The alliance seeks to better coordinate and manage the families’ different needs and offer customised services and support to them, among other things. “Instead of waiting for households to seek help, we proactively reached out to families with young children who are living in rental housing to understand their needs and aspirations,” said Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration Desmond Lee during the debate on MSF’s budget on Friday (March 5). “Community partners come together to coordinate support for families with complex issues. We came up with common action… Read full this story
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