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Budget debate: 2 new transitional shelters set up for rough sleepers in January

Two new transitional shelters for rough sleepers were set up in Jan this year, said Minister-in-charge for Social Services Integration Desmond Lee on Fri. About 250 residents have moved from Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3Ps) into these shelters,…

Tampines launches garden designed to stimulate 5 senses

An outdoor linear garden was launched at Our Tampines Hub yesterday, as part of efforts to transform the Tampines estate into Singapore’s first “eco-town”. The garden is designed to stimulate the five senses, with a water feature, speakers…

Seniors in assisted living flats can get caregiving service subsidies

Seniors who wish to live in Singapore’s first assisted living flats may be eligible for government subsidies of up to 80 per cent for a shared caregiving service, which includes showering, dressing and moving around. The means-tested subsidy…

Network to help the homeless in Singapore expands as efforts ramp up to find them shelter

Nine organisations have joined an expanding network that helps the homeless as efforts are ramped up to find more find shelter space for those roughing it in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic. The new additions to Peers…

Applicants for COVID-19 Support Grant must not own more than one property from 1 Oct: MSF

MSF on Tues provided more details on the additions made to the eligibility criteria for the COVID-19 Support Grant, which has been extended till 31 Dec. These changes – which will kick in from 1 Oct – include…

Homeless shelter closes after authorities suspend its fund-raising efforts over governance concerns

Crisis Centre (Singapore) has had to close its two shelters for homeless men after the authorities suspended its fundraising efforts in Aug last year over questions about its governance. The organisation, which was registered as a charity in…

Shelters for the homeless have enough space: MSF

There is sufficient space for the homeless in shelters, which saw a surge of people seeking refuge during the two-month-long circuit breaker period that ended on June 1. About 85 per cent of the 700 spaces at the…

‘Social media’ experience at void decks for seniors among health, community ideas to be piloted with S$36,000 funding

After seeing how safety measures during the Covid-19 pandemic are isolating the elderly and affecting their ability to manage their chronic diseases, a team of six students decided they wanted to do something about it. So the group,…

Over 3,000 people to be swabbed for Covid-19 in shelters, children’s homes and special needs centres

About 3,300 staff, residents and clients of various homes, shelters and centres will be tested for Covid-19 by July 1, MSF Minister Desmond Lee announced on Mon. These include people from voluntary children’s homes, crisis shelters and children’s…

Amid calls for more diversity, Emerging Stronger Taskforce says it will seek feedback from outside the group

In the face of criticism that its members are not diverse enough, a task force that was set up to navigate Singapore’s post-pandemic economic future said it intends to seek participation, feedback and comments from people outside the…

Couples may get married at more venues but must adhere to Covid-19 safety guidelines: Desmond Lee

From Fri, couples will be allowed to get married at more venues, including at home, at places of worship or in restaurants and function rooms that cater to small gatherings, but the health and safety of the participants…

Authorities to reach out to 50,000 households in rental flats over pandemic-related needs

Authorities will begin to reach out to those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic, starting first with some 50,000 households living in rental flats, as part of plans to better integrate social aid efforts. On Tues, MSF Minister…

Hostel or hotel stay for homeless during circuit breaker

They spend their nights sleeping rough in the open and sometimes, on park benches and at void decks. But since the start of Singapore’s circuit breaker on Apr 7, about 50 of these people without a proper roof…

MSF-funded centres for vulnerable families, persons with disabilities to progressively open from Jun 2

Social services and programmes funded by MSF will reopen in phases from Jun 2 with preventive measures in place, in line with Singapore’s exit from the “circuit breaker”. These include family service centres, day activity centres for persons…

Outdoors and exposed: More beds provided for homeless during circuit breaker but some still sleeping rough

For many Singaporeans, the directives to stay home, wash their hands regularly and wear a mask when outside have been hard enough to abide by. For the homeless, these rules are almost impossible. Take Jason. All the 37-year-old…

Homeless family living beside cemetery for 3 years, finds shelter thanks to NGO

Lim Chu Kang Cemetery may be the resting place of many of Singapore’s dearly departed. But for one family fallen on hard times, a makeshift shack beside the cemetery has been their home for the past three years.…

Coronavirus: Singapore moves 2,600 nursing-home employees into hotels to protect elderly

Singapore is moving 2,600 nursing-home employees into hotels to reduce their interaction with the community, with health minister Gan Kim Yong on Tues saying it was critical to protect older Singaporeans as they tended to be more severely…

More social workers at family service centres

The number of social workers at family service centres has increased even as the amount of cases they take on stayed roughly the same. MSF Minister Desmond Lee said this amounts to about 15 social workers last year…

Nearly 300 rough sleepers have sought help during circuit breaker period: MSF

Nearly 300 rough sleepers have come forward to seek shelter or assistance during Singapore’s circuit breaker period, said MSF Minister Desmond Lee in Parliament. This number includes many who have been affected by travel restrictions, he said responding…

All residents and staff at nursing homes to be tested for COVID-19, some employees to be housed on-site or at hotels

All residents and employees at nursing homes and other such facilities serving the elderly will be tested for COVID-19, said MOH and MSF on Sat. The additional measure covers nursing homes, welfare homes, sheltered homes and adult disability…

Residents, staff at elderly homes being tested for Covid-19; some staff to move into designated lodgings during circuit breaker

Residents and staff in homes serving the elderly — such as nursing homes, welfare homes, sheltered homes and adult disability homes — are receiving “priority testing” for Covid-19, MOH and MSF said on Sat. They added that resident-facing…

15 people contract COVID-19 at Acacia welfare home

Fourteen more people have tested positive for COVID-19 at welfare home Acacia Home, MOH and MSF said on Mon. On Sun, the authorities reported that a 62-year-old resident of the home had contracted the disease. He tested positive…

62-year-old resident at welfare home in Admiralty tests positive for Covid-19

A 62-year-old resident of Acacia Home, a welfare home in Admiralty, has tested positive for Covid-19, MSF said on Sun. The resident was sent to KTPH on Sat as he was feeling unwell, said a spokesperson for Sathya…

Sufficient safe shelter capacity for the homeless during circuit breaker: Desmond Lee

There is currently sufficient safe shelter capacity in Singapore, with 700 spaces available for the homeless, said MSF Minister Desmond Lee in a FB post on Fri. The minister said that only 250 of these places have been…

Sufficient crisis shelter space to house family violence victims during Covid-19 circuit breaker period: MSF

There is sufficient space in crisis shelters to house victims of violence, and there are contingency plans to ramp up capacity if necessary, to cope with the expected rise in domestic violence as circuit breaker measures are in…

Call for more help as shelters for the homeless hit full capacity during Covid-19 circuit breaker period

For the past two weeks, Mr Vincent Koh, 60, is more than thankful to the shelter for providing him a roof over his head. Inside a room shared by half a dozen others – each in a separate…

Government to set up Covid-19 hotline offering emotional support, CCs and RCs to close from Tuesday

A new helpline is being set up to help anyone facing stress or anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, PA said it will temporarily close all CCs and RCs for four weeks from Tues to adhere to…

Network of govt, community help for the homeless

We thank Mr Foo Sing Kheng for his feedback (HDB can play bigger role in sheltering the homeless, Mar 24). MSF partners community groups and government agencies, including HDB, via the Peers network, reach out to, befriend and…

PCF reopens all Sparkletots except one in Fengshan

PCF has reopened all of its 360 Sparkletots pre-schools here except one centre in Fengshan, which will remain closed till Apr 8. The Sparkletots centre at Fengshan Blk 126, which was closed on Mar 24, has the second…

New bus and MRT interchanges to have nursing rooms, more schools to have lactation rooms

More schools will have lactation rooms while all new bus and MRT interchanges will have nursing rooms installed. The measures were revealed in Parliament on Thurs in response to a question from Nee Soon GRC MP Louis Ng.…

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