The Minister for Housing, Local Government & Heritage - Darragh O’Brien.
Louth County Council is to receive almost €1.5m for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability and people with mobility issues living in private houses.
The announcement was made today by the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, as part of a €73.75 million national package.
The increased funding will enable recipients to remain living independently in their own homes for longer should they wish and will also facilitate early return from hospital.
Announcing the allocations, Minister O’Brien said “…These grants have had a huge impact on the quality of life of the many beneficiaries and play a vitally important role in helping people with a disability and people who are reaching an age in life when they are less mobile, to continue to live independently in their own homes.”
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Minister O’Brien continued, “I am confident that today’s allocation will demonstrate the Government’s continued commitment to older people and people with a disability and is in line with commitments made in the Programme for Government,” he concluded.
Local Deputy Fergus O’Dowd explained to Drogheda Life that the grants are 80% funded from the exchequer by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority. This means that Louth County Council will spend upwards of €1.8m in total.
“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" he said.
“These grants are so important as they also create employment opportunities for builders and businesses in the area and help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible.”
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