Updated: 01/23/2014 20:15

New offices in Clementi, Yishun, Taman Jurong, Bukit Panjang and Serangoon will bring the total number of SSOs to 20 by year end



New offices in Clementi, Yishun, Taman Jurong, Bukit Panjang and Serangoon will bring the total number of SSOs to 20 by year end

Five more Social Service Offices or SSOs will be launched in Singapore by the end of the year. 

Minister for Social and Family Development Chan Chun Sing says this next batch of SSOs will be located in Clementi, Yishun, Taman Jurong, Bukit Panjang and Serangoon. 

In addition to the four new ones announced in December, they'll bring the total number of SSOs here to 20 by the end of this year. 

The four SSOs announced last month will come into service by June and their exact addresses were also announced this morning. 

Speaking at the official opening of Singapore's 10th operational SSO, Mr Chan said that 95 per cent of needy Singaporeans will have access to MSF's services within 2 kilometres of where they live or work by the time 20 SSOs and other social services are rolled out. 

Health Minister Gan Kim Yong officiated the opening of the new SSO located at Chua Chu Kang. 

He noted that the HDB block directly opposite the new SSO, which has been operating since early last month, is a rental block with many needy Singaporeans. 

General Manager at the Chua Chu Kang SSO, Ida Iryanee says the office has seen 150 new applications from the elderly, single parents and families with insufficient income, since it began operations. 

Two more SSOs - in Bukit Merah and Boon Lay, which are already operational - will be officially launched within the next two months.

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