Local TD and Tánaiste, Frances Fitzgerald has welcomed the announcement today that €1.5 million will be made available in 2017 for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses in our local area.
Fitzgerald stated: “I am delighted to announce that funding of €1.5 is being made available in 2017. The Government has provided €47.8m in funding this year, an increase of 6% on the 2016 figure. Combined with the local authority contribution, the overall funding is now €59.8m throughout the country.
“The grants that are made available, whether large or small, can greatly improve the quality of life of people with a disability or who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile.
“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.).
“Both Rebuilding Ireland and the Programme for Government support further increases in funding for the scheme, with Rebuilding Ireland undertaking to increase the target of the scheme drawdown to 10,000 homes in 2017 (from 8,000 in 2016).
“The additional funding which is being provided for this year will allow the Council to increase the number of citizens they can support and, in addition, it will provide a boost to the construction sector nationally, with the benefits being spread to local economies across the country.
“Grants of up to €30,000 are available for an adaptation, up to €8,000 for housing aid for older people and up to €6,000 for mobility aids. “The grants are 80% funded from the Exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, with 20% funding from South Dublin County Council.
“This funding will provide older people and people with a disability, with the opportunity to continue independent living in their own homes for as long as possible, with the comfort and dignity that they deserve,” said Fitzgerald.