The Social Lab

Transformational Initiatives

At SCC, we endeavour to support and work with our low-income and vulnerable families out of poverty and to become better enablers in the community through transformational initiatives. These include:

1. KeyStart Home Ownership Programme

Supporting low-income families with children living in rental flats to own homes of their own.

2. Education & Learning Support

Collaborate with community to provide support for school going children from vulnerable families to increase access to learning opportunities to do well academically.

03. Family Partnership Programme

Matching of volunteers (Family Partners) with low-income families in a supportive relationship to enhance their overall functioning amidst adversity.

04. ABCD Learning Site

SCC is the 1st ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) learning site in Singapore. A learning site is a “living laboratory”, an ongoing learning and experiential space for the community to learn together on how to discover and connect disconnected assets in a resident-led way.

1. Keystart Home Ownership Programme

35 families our of 95 families were approved and placed into KeyStart in FY2018/19

83% of KeyStart families live on a per capita of less than $650 monthly

Types of families on KeyStart

Nuclear

29%

Single-Parent

40%

Reconstituted

31%

All families have at least 1 schooling child.

69% of KeyStart families have 3 or less children

69%

31% of KeyStart families have more than 3 children

31%

19

rental blocks within SCC boundaries were outreached to raise awareness of the KeyStart

106

children were supported through KeyStart Home Ownership Initiative

332

individuals engaged through activities for housing literacy and KeyStart outreach

Types of funds given to families on KeyStart

Nuclear

17%

Access Fund

35%

Basic Habitation

48%

Many of our low-income families hope to move into a home that they can call their own. For families in rental housing, the aspiration to own a home so as to provide permanence and better environment for their children, especially the young, are even more profound. However, and very often, practical constraints exist which incapacitated them from realising their hope of home ownership.

Anecdotally, children are known to demonstrate positive outcomes when their families move (from rental-housing neighbourhood) to permanent homes. Towards this end, SCC, in collaboration with Mainly I Love Kids (MILK) piloted the KeyStart Home Ownership programme to support home ownership.

KeyStart

Credit Committee

Access Fund

This fund will top up the cash shortfall that families may have when purchasing a HDB flat

Basic Habitation Fund

This fund will support families without any means to pay for basic needs in their new home and make it habitable for them. (E.g. Window grills, basic kitchen cabinets, floor and installation of basic lights.)

Mortgage Crisis Fund

This fund is a short-term support that helps families who are experiencing unexpected crises due to no fault of theirs, including retrenchment and sudden illness, resulting in short-term inability.

KeyStart FAQ

KeyStart supports low-income families with young children who have home ownership aspirations.
KEYSTART funding is separated into 3 domains of housing support. 

  • Access Fund (Cash Shortfall) – This fund will top up the cash shortfall families may have when purchasing a HDB flat (provided they have exhausted all their options) so as to help families access a stable home.
  • Basic Habitation Fund (Basic Facilities and Move-in costs) – This fund will support families without any means to pay for basic needs in their new home and will make it habitable for them.
  • Mortgage Support Fund (Mortgage Crisis support) – This fund is a short-term support that helps families who are experiencing unexpected crisis due to no fault of theirs, including retrenchment and sudden illness, resulting in short-term inability to pay for their mortgage
I have not applied for a flat yet. Can I still apply for KeyStart?

Yes. We can base your application on the estimated cost of your future flat.

I have not applied for my Housing Loan Eligibility (HLE) letter yet. Can I still apply for KeyStart?
I do not have a social worker. How do I apply for KeyStart?
Is there an income ceiling for KeyStart?
I intend to purchase private housing. Can I apply for KeyStart?
I do not have any children. Can I apply for KeyStart?
My child is 21 years old. Can I apply for KeyStart?
I have never stayed in a public rental flat. Can I still apply for KeyStart?
I’m not sure whether I am eligible for an HDB flat. Can KeyStart help me?

2. Education and Learning Support

To eradicate the reproduction of entrenched poverty, we need to believe in the potential of the next generation to excel and be committed to nurturing their dreams and aspirations as a community. Building on this strong belief, SCC collaborates with the community to provide support for school going children from vulnerable families to increase access to learning opportunities to do well academically.

Assets in the community are also found, built upon, and mobilised to support the children and to realise their potential. For instance, the mothers in the community would rostered themselves with home-cooked nutritious meals for the children when they attend additional educational support; while volunteers are recruited to provide experiential learning opportunities for the children to build good values and to spark the joy of learning.

In our effort to boost students better streaming outcomes in Primary Six, SCC, in collaboration with community partners, ran two programmes – all with the sole intent of preparing our children from low-income and vulnerable families sit for their Primary 6 PSLE to have better streaming outcomes and that all goes to secondary schools. In PIPS (Pass In Primary Six), students attend weekly small group English tuition taught by professional tutors, while PLAH (Project Lend A Hand) provides intensive support for Primary 6 students in English, Mathematics, and Science.

3. Family Partnership Programme

Family Partnership Model

Helping Process

Characteristics of
parents & children

Family Partnership
(Organic)

Other Community
Platform / Support

SW Skills
& Qualities

Better Outcomes

Added natural support through friendship

Greater opportunities to resources

Increased family resilience & coping

Family Partnership Programme is an organic and enhanced holistic approach implemented as part of the helping process and support to our families and members. The role of Family Partners (FPs) are to be matched where they subsequently build supportive relationships with their matched family. The intention is to complement the helping and supportive process beyond the confines of the professional help of the social workers. FPs can support and complement social workers in helping members meet their needs and/or build on needs, interests, and strengths and also facilitate access to opportunities, exposure and experiences as they are generally from a different socio-economic status.

4. ABCD Learning Site

What is ABCD Learning Site?

SCC is the 1st ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) learning site in Singapore - a “living laboratory” or ongoing learning and experiential site for ABCD community practice & sharing site for others in practice.

Learning Site at a Glance

Community Building

To build and strengthen connections between neighbours, across associations and institutions thereby increasing community cohesion and ownership

Stories

Sharing and gathering of impactful stories by community that has made a difference to local lives through neighbours getting together around a shared interest or issue

Mentorship

Learning process offers training, mentoring and development input to advance neighbourhood initiatives

Host

To be committed to learning from the community and practicing the principles of ABCD

1st Learning site in Singapore. Sharing and learning from experiences from around the world

Community connectors

Residents trained ABCD who mobilise and run community-led initiative

BY residents FOR residents

Towards an empowered community

for ownership and sustainable change to happen

Aligned to SCC’s vision of community empowerment

Community led-initiatives

Projects, based on interests/issues, taken on BY residents for residents 

Gotong Royong Creating stronger connections and exchanges between neighbours

Community Animators

Staff trained as ABCD guides who discover and mentor community connectors . 

1st Learning site in Singapore. Sharing and learning from experiences from around the world