Thursday, 11 July 2019
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Housing Adaptation Grant Eligibility
939. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if grant assistance is available for persons with autism that need to adapt their houses for sensory needs; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30674/19]
My Department provides exchequer funding to local authorities to support the Housing Adaptation Grants for People with a Disability in private houses. These grants are available to assist in the carrying out of works, which are reasonably necessary for the purposes of rendering a house more suitable for the accommodation of a person with a disability who has an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual impairment.
The detailed administration of the grants, including the assessment, approval and payment of individual grants to applicants, is the responsibility of the relevant local authority. The types of works allowable under the scheme include the provision or adaptation of rooms, for example downstairs toilet facilities or a sensory space, and the provision of stair-lifts, access ramps, accessible showers, adaptations to facilitate wheelchair access or other works which are reasonably necessary.