The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, Simon Coveney TD has announced that almost €1 million has been allocated to County Roscommon 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.).
The grants are 80% funded from the Exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, with 20% funding from Roscommon County Council.
Grants are payable in the main to owner-occupied (private) housing. 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.
Minister Denis Naughten has welcomed the news saying
“These grants allow individuals to adapt their homes to be more suitable to their needs, particularly in areas such as mobility, and are hugely important in assisting people to remain living independently in their own homes.”
“The €1m allocated to Roscommon County Council is an increase on the funding that was available last year and will allow the local authority to provide grants to improve the quality of life of those who may have a disability or who are growing older and less mobile.”
“This increased allocation builds on the Government’s commitment to housing while also assisting those who wish to remain living independently,” added Minister Naughten.
In welcoming the news Senator Frank Feighan said
“I am delighted that this funding allocation for 2017 has been announced by Housing Minister Simon Coveney. These grants can often make the difference in ensuring people can remain in their own homes.”