Increased funding (€71.25 million) has been made available for housing adaptation grants for older people, people with disabilities, and people with mobility issues living in private houses. This will enable older people and people with disabilities to remain living independently in their own homes for longer and will also facilitate early return from hospital.
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.
In Dublin City, €8,456,552 has been made for grants. €6,765,242 of this comes from the exchequer, and €1,691,310 from local authorities.
Three grant types are available.
- The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability assists people with a disability to have necessary adaptations, repairs or improvement works carried out in order to make their accommodation more suitable for their needs.
- The Mobility Aids Grant is available to fast track grants to cover a basic suite of works to address the mobility problems of a member of a household. Qualifying works include the provision of stair lifts, level access showers, access ramps, grab rails and some minor adaptation works.
- The Housing Aid for Older People provides grants of up to €8,000 to assist older people living in poor housing conditions to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out. Grant eligible works include structural repairs or improvements, re-wiring, repairs to or replacement of windows and doors, provision of water supply and sanitary facilities, provision of heating, cleaning, painting etc.