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A friend's personal journey of overcoming homelessness with the support of the government.
By Khalil Adis
Imagine being homeless and not knowing where to turn for help.
Recently, a friend of mine, whom I will call Derek, shared his struggles with me, and it struck a chord in my heart.
Having personally experienced this, it is a situation I would not wish upon to anyone else.
Through Derek's and my journey, it shows that the Singapore government genuinely does care and provides assistance to those in need.
Trying to move forward but unable to afford a home
Derek's life took a difficult turn after a bitter divorce, leaving him without a place to call home.
With no choice but to leave his in-law's house, he had to find a rental room at short notice.
Fortunately, Derek did not have the added burden of a shared matrimonial home or children, which made the situation slightly easier.
Despite his efforts to move forward, Derek faced another obstacle – he could not afford to buy a home of his own with his current financial situation.
Feeling hopeless and at a loss
To afford a decent resale 2-room flat, Derek needed an additional $100,000 on top of his cash, CPF, and HDB loan amounting to $200,000.
As a second-timer, he did not qualify for CPF Housing Grants that could have helped him.
The situation seemed dire and Derek felt like he was running out of options.
However, I knew from personal experience that giving up was not the answer.
Light at the end of the tunnel
I encouraged Derek to reach out to his Member of Parliament (MP) for help.
Despite the high cost of living in Singapore, our government genuinely cares about those in need and assists on a case-by-case basis.
I had gone through a similar situation before and received the support I needed.
Derek took my advice and wrote to his MP, hoping for a glimmer of hope.
The government's support and assistance
Recently, Derek shared some good news with me – his MP responded and the Housing Development Board (HDB) is looking into increasing his loan quantum.
This development means that Derek may soon be able to fulfill his dream of owning a home.
Derek's experience serves as a reminder that we should never give up hope, and reaching out to your MP can make a significant difference in your housing situation.
In Singapore, homelessness is not an outcome that the government wants for its citizens.
As Derek's story shows, the government does show compassion and support when individuals find themselves in challenging circumstances.
If you are facing similar housing struggles, I urge you not to lose hope and to reach out to your MP for assistance.
The government is committed to helping those in need and ensuring that no one is left without a home.
That's the beauty of Singapore – a nation that cares for its people, even in times of hardship.
An independent analysis from yours truly
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