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Updated: 05/14/2013 01:09 | By Channel NewsAsia

Nearly 3,000 families have benefited from HOPE scheme

Nearly 3,000 families have benefited from HOPE scheme


Nearly 3,000 families have benefited from HOPE scheme

SINGAPORE: The Home Ownership Plus Education (HOPE) scheme has benefited 2,967 families since its introduction in 2004.

The scheme provides young, low-income families with two children or less with benefits like a housing grant and bursaries.

Over the last five years, an average of 303 families joined HOPE every year.

In a written Parliamentary reply, Acting Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing said the majority of these families have seen an increase in their household income.

The employment rate of mothers rose from 30 per cent to 60 per cent, while 50 per cent of parents have tapped on the HOPE training grant.

HOPE families also receive mentoring support.

Mr Chan said the latest review showed 70 per cent of beneficiaries were satisfied with their mentors who had motivated them to seek better employment or go for training.  - CNA/ms

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