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Minister O’Brien announces over €73 million for Housing Adaptation Grant

Published on Thursday, 06 Aug 2020
Minister Darragh O'Brien

-Funding will assist older people and people with a disability-

Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage Darragh O’Brien, has today (6 August, 2020) announced the national allocations for the €73.75 million made available in 2020 for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability living in private houses.

The increased funding continues to support home adaptations for older people, people with a disability and people with mobility issues. It will enable older people and people with disabilities 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 “I am pleased to be in a position to increase the funding again for this important scheme in 2020, with all local authorities receiving an increase in funding compared to their 2019 allocation. 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.”

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.  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. The grants also create employment opportunities for builders and local businesses and help reduce the dependency on our health services by supporting independent living for as long as possible.

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.

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Breakdown of Funding by Local Authority

Local Authority

EXCHEQUER FUNDING (80%)

LA FUNDING (20%)

COMBINED TOTAL

Carlow

€1,278,068

€319,517

€1,597,585

Cavan

€1,206,584

€301,646

€1,508,230

Clare

€1,778,004

€444,501

€2,222,505

Cork City

€1,747,783

€436,946

€2,184,729

Cork County

€4,698,206

€1,174,552

€5,872,758

Donegal

€1,340,100

€335,025

€1,675,125

Dublin City

€6,817,442

€1,704,361

€8,521,803

Dun Laoghaire/Rathdown

€2,079,292

€519,823

€2,599,115

Fingal

€2,722,672

€680,668

€3,403,340

Galway City

€917,069

€229,267

€1,146,336

Galway County

€2,275,421

€568,855

€2,844,276

Kerry

€2,054,692

€513,673

€2,568,365

Kildare

€2,511,280

€627,820

€3,139,100

Kilkenny

€1,549,061

€387,265

€1,936,326

Laois

€985,382

€246,346

€1,231,728

Leitrim

€439,498

€109,875

€549,373

Limerick

€2,708,100

€677,025

€3,385,125

Longford

€658,881

€164,720

€823,601

Louth

€1,469,895

€367,474

€1,837,369

Mayo

€2,568,483

€642,121

€3,210,604

Meath

€1,982,240

€495,560

€2,477,800

Monaghan

€1,021,980

€255,495

€1,277,475

Offaly

€1,066,585

€266,646

€1,333,231

Roscommon

€926,251

€231,563

€1,157,814

Sligo

€1,132,338

€283,085

€1,415,423

South Dublin

€2,264,484

€566,121

€2,830,605

Tipperary

€2,596,936

€649,234

€3,246,170

Waterford

€1,634,300

€408,575

€2,042,875

Westmeath

€1,105,898

€276,475

€1,382,373

Wexford

€1,943,305

€485,826

€2,429,131

Wicklow

€1,519,771

€379,943

€1,899,714

Total:

€59,000,000

€14,750,000

€73,750,000

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