11 May 2018

Over €2m in housing grants for older people and people with disabilities in South Dublin

Local Fine Gael TD, Frances Fitzgerald, has welcomed the allocation of over €2m for Local Housing Adaptation Grants. 

This funding will help older people and people with disabilities living in Clondalkin, Lucan, Palmerstown and the Four Districts make changes to their homes to facilitate their needs.  Allowable works may include making it wheelchair accessible, extending it to create more space, adding a ground-floor bathroom or adding a stair-lift.

“Government has just committed over €2million to South Dublin County Council for their Housing Grants fund. These funds will be used for individual grants for eligible homeowners in order to assist with the updating or accessibility adaptions of their home. This will allow older people and people with disabilities to remain in their homes for longer and will help make their day to day lives easier” said Deputy Fitzgerald

Detailing the grants this funding will provide Fitzgerald said:

“Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works and up to €8,000 to assist older people with essential repairs and improvements carried out. Up to €6,000 is also available for mobility aids. These grants are available through South Dublin County Council and you can get more information online at SDCC.ie or by calling my office.

“Local Housing Adaptation Grants are 80% funded from exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government with 20% funding from local authorities, combining money contributed by taxpayers  and collected through local property tax to make a real difference to people living in our community.  These types of schemes also have a knock on positive effect for the local economy by creating within jobs in the construction sector,” added Deputy Fitzgerald. 

“I believe that money invested in improving to quality of life for senior citizens and people with disabilities is money well spent.  This funding will help people transform their homes to better cater for their needs and allowing them to remain living independently in their own homes for longer. I would encourage individuals in my  constituency to look at these schemes  and to make enquires about the amount of funding available to them” concluded Deputy Fitzgerald.