Rejuvenating Our Towns & Estates

Through a series of upgrading programmes at the block-level, precinct-level and town-level, we will continue to rejuvenate our HDB towns and estates to cater to the changing lifestyle needs of Singaporeans, and keep them vibrant for generations to come.

At the block-level

Home Improvement Programme (HIP)

The HIP helps residents deal with common maintenance problems in ageing flats, such as spalling concrete and ceiling leaks. Flats built up to 1986 that have not undergone the Main Upgrading Programme (MUP) are eligible for the HIP. In August 2018, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong announced that the HIP would be extended to flats built between 1987 and 1997, benefitting about 230,000 more households.

The HIP includes:

  • Essential improvements i.e. repair of spalling concrete/structural cracks, replacement of waste pipes, replacement of pipe sockets with new clothes drying racks and upgrading of electrical load.
  • Optional improvements i.e. toilet upgrading, replacement of main door, grille gate and refuse hopper.


Find out more about the HIP here.

Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE)

EASE serves to enhance the safety, mobility and comfort of seniors living in HDB flats, through the
installation of items such as grab bars, ramps and slip-resistant treatment to toilet floor tiles.

EASE is offered as part of the HIP since 2012. If you wish to get your EASE improvement items earlier
without having to wait for the HIP, or if your block does not qualify for HIP, you can opt for EASE (Direct
Application) subject to eligibility conditions.

Find out more about the EASE programme here.

Lift Upgrading Programme (LUP)


The LUP upgrades lift services to achieve direct lift access on every floor where feasible, increasing convenience for residents. Examples of LUP works include the upgrading of existing lifts, providing a lift landing on every floor and adding new lifts and lift shafts.

Find out more about the LUP here.

At the precinct-level

Neighbourhood Renewal Programme (NRP)

The NRP focuses on enhancing your block and precinct. With each NRP project spanning two or more
precincts, improvements can be done with better coordination and integration across neighbouring
precincts, providing a greater variety of enhancements to meet the needs of residents.

Under the NRP, you can enjoy enhancements such as new letterboxes and residents’ corners, drop-off
porches, covered linkways, 3-generation (3G) playgrounds and fitness corners.

Find out more about the NRP here.


Revitalisation of Shops (ROS) Scheme


Apart from enhancing our neighbourhood, we are also partnering the community to revitalise heartland
shops. The ROS scheme helps HDB retailers to increase the vibrancy and competitiveness of HDB shops. It was enhanced in 2016 to provide even more funding support to help our HDB shops transform.

Find out more about the ROS scheme here.

At the town-level

Remaking our Heartland (ROH)

The ROH programme aims to transform the heartlands into distinctive and endearing homes for Singaporeans. Under ROH, residents can look forward to new or revitalised facilities such as upgraded Town and Neighbourhood Centres, parks, new communal spaces, and improvements to connectivity networks. Punggol, Dawson and Yishun were the first heartland towns selected in 2007 to undergo ROH. In 2011, East Coast, Hougang and Jurong Lake were selected for ROH 2; followed by Woodlands, Toa Payoh and Pasir Ris for ROH 3 in 2015.

Bukit Merah, Queenstown, Choa Chu Kang, and Ang Mo Kio will be the next HDB towns to undergo the
fourth series of the ROH programme as announced by Minister for National Development Lawrence
Wong at MND’s Committee of Supply Debate in March 2020.

Find out more about the ROH plans here.