Local senator, Dr James Reilly (FG), has welcome the announcement by Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney T.D, that €59.8 million will be made available in 2017 for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a disability living in private houses. This includes €2.4 million allocated to North County residents in this national scheme.
This investment will allow extensions to be built for people with a disability as well as housing adaptations to improve mobility aid (such as stair lifts, access ramps, etc.) which will assist people to remain in their homes. Reilly told the County Leader, “In a recent survey carried out by Fingal Age Friendly Alliance over 80% indicated they would prefer to remain in their own homes and communities as they get older. So any assistance via Government grants for adaptions and extension is very welcome.”
The available exchequer funding for 2017 is €47.8m, an increase of 6 per cent on the 2016 figure of €45m. Combined with the local authority contribution, the overall funding is now €59.8m.
Reilly confirmed that the grants are 80 per cent funded from the Exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, with 20 per cent funding from the relevant local authority. Grants are payable in the main to owner-occupied (private) housing.
“Also eligible are houses being purchased under the Tenant Purchase Scheme, private rented accommodation, accommodation provided under voluntary housing schemes and accommodation occupied by persons living in communal residences. Grants of up to €30,000 are available for an adaptation, up to €8,000 for housing aid for older people and up to E6,000 for mobility aids,” he concluded.