Getting a house in Singapore as an unwed mother is not easy. Mums have to meet a very specific set of criterion and even then, the price of an HDB unit can be challenging for a sole income-earner.
Finding Shelter: Christabel
Christabel’s first attempt at getting a (rental) flat was rejected because she did not fall within the income bracket. She was told that she exceeded the income level to rent a flat. Her second attempt at getting a (resale) flat was highly challenging because her income alone could hardly afford a unit that typically two people would purchase together. And again, her applications for higher loans were rejected because her “income was too high”. It was through months of petitioning, of hard work, of rejections from HDB that, finally, Christabel was able to settle down in a flat with her daughter and her mother. Safe to say, the entire process was frustrating and tedious for a person who was merely trying to put a roof over her head.
Find out more about the housing options available to you and hopefully, you’ll have an easier time finding a suitable home for you and your child.