KUCHING: About 20,000 eligible households stand to benefit from a state government allocation of RM48 million for the Sarawak Rental Assistance Scheme (SRAS).
Housing Development Corporation (HDC) Sarawak chief Mohamad Asman Ahmad said the household income eligibility threshold for SRAS applications has increased to RM3,500 per month
It is accessible to tenants who work in Kuching, Sibu, Bintulu, and Miri.
SRAS is a programme that offers RM200 in rental assistance each month for a maximum of three years or 36 months.
He added that the financial strain experienced by the low-income category, particularly the urban poor, is projected to be lessened as a result of the increase in household income eligibility standards.
“Applicants must be a Malaysian citizen or a permanent resident of Sarawak with a MyKad with “K” status, he continued, in addition to meeting various other requirements. eKasih recipients may also submit an application.
“They also need to be at least 21 years old, married, or a single parent with at least one child living at home. Additionally, those classified as people with impairments (OKU) will be given priority.
“If they are currently renting, the rented premises must not belong to a close family member,” he said.
Tenants may obtain information and download the SRAS application form for free on the HDC website https://hdc.sarawak.gov.my/ or by contacting HDC directly at 082-444381.
For those who are interested, information about the scheme has been updated on HDC Sports & Recreation Welfare Club Facebook page.
A completed application form must be submitted along with a copy of the marriage or divorce decree, the applicant and spouse’s MyKad, a copy of the dependent child’s MyKad or birth certificate, and for OKU applicants, a copy of their OKU card.
Supporting documents to be enclosed with the application are the household’s monthly salary statement, signed and stamped rental agreement, and consent of the owner’s rented premises for tenants to participate in the scheme.