Lower-income households affected by สล็อต168 the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to receive more financial support under The Courage Fund, the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) and the National Council of Social Service (NCSS) said on Sunday (Aug 1).
Singapore returned to tighter Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures last month amid a surge in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases, most of which are linked to the Jurong Fishery Port cluster, which has 1,027 infections as of Saturday.
The Courage Fund was established in 2003 to provide relief to victims of the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak, as well as healthcare workers and their dependants. The fund is also used to provide relief and support for those affected by COVID-19.
Under the fund, lower-income households are eligible for a one-time lump sum of up to S$1,000 if a household member contracts COVID-19 or is placed on home quarantine order, stay-home notice, or leave of absence.
The assistance quantum is based on the household’s per capita income after being affected by COVID-19. As at Jul 13, more than 2,300 households have been assisted under this scheme.
From Sunday, the fund will provide up to two tranches of assistance to households who have been affected by quarantine order, stay-home notice or leave of absence more than once and continue to face “protracted job or income loss”, said the media release.
“It will also assess applicants based on their current income instead of their pre-COVID-19 income, to better reflect applicants’ latest financial situation,” MSF and NCSS said.