Community Care Apartments (CCA) are public housing jointly developed by the Ministry of National Development (MND), Housing & Development Board (HDB) and Ministry of Health (MOH). The CCA combine senior-friendly housing with care services, offering an option for seniors to age in-place and independently in a community setting.

The first batch of CCA, which will be in Bukit Batok, was launched in February 2021. Seniors can look forward to the second batch of CCAs in Queenstown, to be launched later this year.

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If you or your family members are looking to apply for a CCA, here are 5 key things to note.

1.  Wide Range of Facilities and Amenities

The upcoming CCAs will be situated within the Health District @ Queenstown. There, HDB will work with partners to create a built environment conducive for healthy living and active ageing. There will be common facilities such as roof gardens, fitness stations, and community living rooms to promote social interactions between all residents. With Alexandra Hospital nearby, residents will have easy access to healthcare and medical services.

The first batch of CCAs is located at Bukit Batok West Avenue 9, close to parks such as Little Guilin, Bukit Batok Nature Park and Bukit Batok Central Park. Besides shopping malls and wet markets, there are also several healthcare facilities nearby, including Bukit Batok Polyclinic, St. Luke’s Hospital and Ng Teng Fong General Hospital. Within the development, residents have convenient access to an activity centre, a community garden, and fitness stations to maintain an active lifestyle. The CCA development will also house a hawker centre offering a variety of affordable food options.

2. Minimal to No Renovation Required

Interested seniors would be glad to know that little to no renovation is required for these units! Each 32sqm CCA unit adopts an open layout, with sliding partitions to separate the living room and bedroom for greater privacy.

Each unit comes with built-in wardrobes, cabinets and a furnished kitchen

The flat also comes ready with senior-friendly design features and other pre-installed fittings, including:

  • Wide wheelchair-friendly main door with a built-in bench at the side
  • Large wheelchair-accessible toilet with grab bars and slip-resistant flooring
  • Built-in wardrobe and cabinets
  • Furnished kitchen (without fridge and washing machine)
  • Service yard accessible from toilet, with clothes drying rack
Wheelchair-friendly bathrooms are outfitted with grab bars and slip-resistant

On each floor of the CCA block, there will also be a furnished communal space for residents to mingle, share meals and take part in group activities.  

Residents can connect with each other at the communal space located at every floor of the CCA block

3. Integrated Care Services

Care services are provided at the CCA to meet seniors’ needs, to support independent living within a social setting for an enriching retirement life.

Residents will have to subscribe to a Basic Service Package. The package offers 24-hour emergency monitoring and response, basic health checks, and the service of an on-site community manager who will organise regular activities and programme for the residents. The community manager will also ensure that the following services are provided:

  • Care and support services
  • Simple home fixes
  • Activities at the communal spaces
  • Key card access to individual flats

Depending on their needs and preferences, seniors can also choose to add on optional services that cover different activities in day-to-day living.

4. Eligibility Conditions

As the CCA is intended as an affordable housing option for seniors, the applicant(s) and their spouse (if any) must be 65 years old and above. Applicants have the flexibility to choose a lease ranging from 15 to 35 years (in five-year increments), as long as it covers both the applicant and their spouse (if any) until at least 95 years old. 

Those who have taken up housing subsidies twice, and have bought a Studio Apartment or short-lease 2-room Flexi flat before are not eligible to purchase a CCA.

Here’s a quick summary of the eligibility conditions:

5. Full Upfront Payment for Flat Purchase

Successful applicants for CCA are required to make full upfront payment for the flat by cash and/or CPF. For the mandatory Basic Service package, applicants can decide to make either full or partial upfront payment in cash, with a monthly fee throughout the lease term.

This is illustrated in the indicative prices for the CCA at Bukit Batok:

Using the 15-year lease tenure as an example, an applicant has 2 payment options.

While both options require full upfront payment of $40,000 for the flat itself, the applicant may choose either to pay $22,000 upfront (Option 1) for the Basic Service Package, or make partial upfront payment of $13,000 (Option 2) with the remaining fees to be paid monthly. If partial payment is chosen, the applicant would have to pay an estimated $50 per month throughout the remaining lease tenure of 15 years.

Another key difference between a CCA unit and other HDB flats is that it cannot be resold or rented out. Owners who do not require the CCA anymore can return it to HDB. They will receive a refund of the value of the remaining lease of the flat.

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