€1.5 Million to Improve the Homes of Older People and People with a Disability in Carlow – DEERING.

5th February, 2016

Carlow Fine Gael TD., Pat Deering, has welcomed the announcement that €1,484,771 will be made available in 2016 for Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses.  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., as well as provision of replacement doors and windows to suitable applicants.

The funding announced for 2016 represents an increase of €600k on the funding allocated for 2015. By making the allocation in February, local authorities will be in a better position to maximize their spend on these works which will help more elderly and vulnerable people.

The grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, with 20% funding from the local authority.  Grants are payable in the main to owner-occupied private housing, and 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 €6,000 for mobility aids.

Deputy Deering said “Grants such as these provide older people and people with a disability the opportunity to continue independent living in their own homes for as long as possible. I welcome the fact that we have made available a significant increase in funding for 2016. These grants 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. In addition, it will provide a boost to the construction sector locally and nationally, with the benefits being spread right across the country”.