Dun Laoghaire Rathdown is getting over €2m in Housing Adaptation Grants. It’s part of a nationwide grant scheme of €66.25m to be made available in 2018.
The investment will facilitate changes needed to make homes suitable for a person with a physical, sensory/intellectual disability or mental health difficulty.
It will also help older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer, and to facilitate early return from hospital.
The Grant helps people to make changes and adaptations to their home, for example, making it wheelchair-accessible, extending it to create more space, adding a ground-floor bathroom or toilet or adding a stair-lift.
Minister Damien English announced the fund and said: “I am pleased to be in a position to increase the funding for this important programme by some 11% in 2018. All local authorities will be getting an increase in 2018.”
Minister Shane Ross said it is great news for the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area.
“Keeping people in their homes, living independently, with access to family, friends and their local community is hugely important.
“My constituents have often asked me how they can assist a loved one or elderly parent to remain safely in the home, or indeed remain there themselves.
“The Grant will help older people and people with a disability in this local area to do just that.”
Speaking on the €2,043,336 fund being made available in Dun Laoghaire Rathdown, Fine Gael Minister Josepha Madigan is encouraging locals to apply for the grants.
“This is all about improving quality of life for older people and people with disabilities. It is also about helping them to stay in their own homes for as long as possible.
“These types of schemes are also good news for the construction sector, helping to create jobs in that sector which of course also has a knock on positive effect for the local economy in Dublin Rathdown.”
Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist people with a disability in carrying out necessary works to make a house more suitable for their needs, up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out, and up to €6,000 for mobility aids to address mobility problems for a member of the household.