Written by: Rita Magallona
Family is the bedrock of any society. But as children grow up and parents grow old, family ties tend to loosen. Most adult children move out and start their own households. Some parents and their married children want to live closer together, but would still like to keep their privacy. Other families simply have too many members to fit into a single HDB flat.
Sounds like your family? Then consider applying for the HDB’s Multi-Generation Priority Scheme (MGPS), which is designed to strengthen kinship and provide support to the elderly. This scheme enables older parents and their married children to live close to each other, but in separate flats.
4 Things You Need to Know About the Multi-Generation Priority Scheme
The MGPS has distinct features that suit family members in different life stages.
1. How many flats can you purchase under the MGPS?
You will get not one, but two flats in the same build-to-order (BTO) project: one for you and the other for your married child. Under the MGPS, you can even purchase two flats on the same floor! This would help you stay in touch with your adult child and receive or give assistance when needed.
2. How many public scheme queue numbers do you get?
For balloting, you will be given three queue numbers, if you and your households qualify. The first number will be for the MGPS, which covers both your flat as the parent and your child’s. The other two numbers are your number and your child’s number for the Public Scheme queue.
If you get balloted for the MGPS, then you and your child can acquire your respective flats jointly under this scheme. In contrast, each of you will have to facilitate your own flats if you both get balloted under the Public Scheme. But if you do get balloted for both schemes, you get to choose under which scheme you would want to book your flats.
3. What are the MGPS flat options?
If you are balloted, you get to choose the two flats from a list of pre-identified flats. You have plenty of options, as the HDB reserves up to 15% of certain units in a project for the MGPS.
Parents and their married child can only apply for specific types of flats. As the parent, you can choose from among the 2-room Flexi or 3-room flats available. Your child can choose either a 2-room Flexi or a larger flat.
4. Who submits the MGPS application?
As the parent, you are the one who needs to submit the joint application with your married child. This is like a continuation of your providing for your child’s needs as she grew up. Only now, what you are providing is the connection you both need.
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With the MPGS, you won’t be away from your loved ones. Instead, you can continue to create happy memories with your family in your golden years.
If you wish to live in the same flat with your married child, or if your married child wishes to submit the application instead, check out the Married Child Priority Scheme.
Imagine this: you get to enjoy regular playtime with your grandchild while still having peace and quiet at night. What’s not to like?
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