Tuesday, 30th May 2017
€2,220,979 in housing grants for older people and people with a disability in Kerry- Griffin
€2,220,979 funding has been made available for older people and people with disabilities in Kerry for adaptation of their homes. That’s according to Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin for Kerry who is encouraging local people to apply to Kerry County Council for the grants to help them stay in their own homes.
“Older people and people with disabilities with their own homes in Kerry are going to benefit from new Government funding designed to help them to adapt their homes to improve their mobility and access.
“The funding can be used by older people and people with disabilities to extend their homes to better cater for their needs. It will also provide for housing adaptations to improve mobility aid such as stair lifts and access ramps.
“Grants of up to €30,000 are available for an adaptation of a home. Up to €8,000 is available for housing aid for older people and up to €6,000 is allocated for mobility aids.”
At a national level €59.8 million is being available in 2017 for this scheme. The grants are 80% funded from the Exchequer by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community & Local Government, with 20% funding from the relevant local authority. The available exchequer funding for 2017 is €47.8m, an increase of 6% on the 2016 figure of €45m. Combined with the local authority contribution, the overall funding is now €59.8 million.
The Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government, Simon Coveney, has noted that all 31 local authority areas have seen a funding increase for this scheme this year.
“In total €2,220,979 is being made available in Kerry for this housing adaptation scheme. €1,776,783 is provided by the Exchequer and this will be supplemented by Kerry County Council to the tune of €444,196” continued.
“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. This is good for the person in question and it is good for society as a whole.
“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 here in Kerry.
“The target in both the Programme for Government, and Rebuilding Ireland, our housing plan, is for 10,000 homes to draw down this scheme in 2017, up from 8,000 in 2016.
“I hope to see good take up of the scheme by people who need it here in Kerry and I will certainly be encouraging constituents whom I know can benefit to apply for this scheme through the Local Authority.”
For Further Information Please contact Brendan on 087-6528841
NOTE TO EDITORS
· Grants are payable in the main to owner-occupied (private) housing.