Public Housing In Singapore: A Success Story In Sustainable Development
NUS Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law Working Paper 20/02
Forthcoming in "The Impact of Environmental Law - Stories of the World We Want" in Eisma-Osorio, R-L., Kirk, E., and Albin, J. (eds.)
21 Pages Posted: 10 May 2020
Date Written: May 8, 2020
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted in 2015 by the UN General Assembly emphasize a holistic approach to achieving sustainable development for all. The provision of good-quality housing with piped water and modern sanitation at affordable cost is an important first step in resolving issues of pollution and ensuring good public health, and is a strong move towards sustainable development. This chapter examines Singapore’s excellent public housing system, built by the Housing and Development Board (HDB), which houses 82 per cent of its nationals in high-rise apartments subsidised by the state, catering to low as well as middle-income families. These may be purchased on 99 year leases or rented on short term leases, for low income families. The HDB has won many international awards for its success. This chapter examines the challenges that were faced and overcome, and the policies and strategies to ensure a sustainable future.
Keywords: sustainable development, public housing, land acquisition, environmental management
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