Low income, vulnerable individuals and families facing financial and social problems are on our agenda. We help them become independent and to lead an acceptable quality of life.
What We Do
We help the needy and their families through our policies and programmes.
We formulate and review policies.
Based on the 3 principles of Community Care Endowment Fund (ComCare), we develop policies that:
- help the needy and their families achieve self-reliance
- encourage families to be the first line of support for the needy
- spur community organisations to participate in helping the needy under a “Many Helping Hands” approach
We set up and fund social assistance programmes.
We set up and fund these programmes through ComCare. ComCare provides regular and sustaining funding for social assistance to the needy and their families.
ComCare funds social assistance schemes that help:
- the needy and their families achieve self-reliance
- children from needy families break out of the poverty cycle
- those in need of long-term assistance (e.g. disabled) integrate into society
- develop social enterprises which help the needy
We make social assistance accessible to the needy.
Under ComCare, we also:
- streamline social assistance schemes
- decentralise the administration of social assistance
- give community organisations more flexibility to help the needy
We champion the “Many Helping Hands” approach.
We work closely with and through community organisations to provide help to the needy, including:
- Social Service Offices (SSOs)
- Voluntary Welfare Organisations (VWOs)
- Grassroot Organisations
- Self-Help Groups
Many of the schemes, for instance, are now administered by CDCs who are given more flexibility in deciding how to help those in need.
Who We Help
We help the needy – low-income and vulnerable individuals and families facing financial problems – such as:
- Those who are permanently unable to work (e.g. due to illness, disability or old age) and have no family support.
- Those who are temporarily facing financial difficulties (e.g. retrenched) and need a little help to get back on their feet.
- Families with many problems and have a desire to break out of the poverty cycle.