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Housing Grants for People with a Disability

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Housing Adaptation Grant

The Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability scheme provides grant aid to applicants to assist in the carrying out of works that are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation needs of a person with a disability. The Scheme is administered by local authorities.

The effective maximum grant under the scheme is 30,000 euro, which may cover up to 95% of the approved cost of works.

Who can apply?

A person with a disability who requires adaptation works to render a house more suitable for their accommodation needs or a home-owner on behalf of a person with a disability who is a member of the household.

Is there a means test?

Yes. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of all household income, ie the annual gross income of the registered property owner (if the owner lives in the property) together with all household members over 18 (or over 23 if in full-time education) in the previous tax year.  The effective maximum grant of 30,000 euro to cover up to 95% of the cost of works, may be available to applicants with gross household incomes of up to 30,000 euro per annum, tapering to 30% for applicants with gross household incomes of between 50,001 to 60,000 euro per annum.  The same means test will apply in every local authority area and is in line with the criteria for assessment of need for social housing.

What type of work is allowable?

The types of works allowable under the scheme can be varied and may include:

  • the provision of access ramps
  • stair-lifts
  • downstairs toilet facilities
  • accessible showers
  • adaptations to facilitate wheelchair access
  • extensions and
  • any other works which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability.

How do I apply?

Contact the Housing Adaptation Grants Section of your local authority.

Mobility Aids Grant

The Mobility Aids Grant scheme provides grant aid to cover a basic suite of works to address mobility problems, primarily, but not exclusively, associated with ageing. The Scheme is administered by local authorities.

The effective maximum grant under the Mobility Aids Housing Grant Scheme is 6,000 euro, which may cover 100% of the cost of works.

Who can apply?

A person who requires basic adaptation works in order to address their mobility needs.

Is there a means test?

Yes. Applicants will be assessed on the basis of all household income.  The maximum grant of 6,000 euro may be available to applicants with gross household incomes of up to 30,000 euro per annum. The same means test will apply in every local authority area and is in line with the criteria for assessment of need for social housing.

What type of work is allowable?

The types of works allowable under the scheme can be varied and may include:-

  • the provision of grab-rails
  • access ramps
  • level access showers and stair-lifts
  • and any other minor works that may be necessary to facilitate the mobility needs of the applicant.

How do I apply?

Contact the Housing Grants Section of your local authority.

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