November 13, 2011

SINGAPORE: More senior citizens choose to sleep in the streets

SINGAPORE / The Straits Times / Breaking News / November 13, 2011


Some elderly people prefer to spend the night outside after falling out with their rental flat roommates

By Elizabeth Soh Cheryl Ong

A man sleeping on a bench at an open square along Sago Street in Chinatown last month. The square draws some elderly people, who come prepared with bags of their belongings to spend the night.      ST Photo: Kevin Lim

In the past few years, the elderly woman has had three roommates living with her in her rental flat, each lasting no more than six months.

She is now on the hunt for another, after accusing her current flatmate of locking her out of their one-room unit in the Havelock Road area.

When the woman, who is in her 70s, does not immediately get a new roommate, she takes to sleeping on the streets instead.

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