Written answers

Wednesday, 23 March 2022

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Housing Schemes

Photo of Louise O'ReillyLouise O'Reilly (Dublin Fingal, Sinn Fein)
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65. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the financial supports that are available for a family that is in inappropriate accommodation which it owns and which is no longer suitable for their child who is a wheelchair user in cases in which the financial circumstances do not allow for the family to purchase a new house; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [15444/22]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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The Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability facilitates older people and people with a disability to remain living independently in their own homes. These schemes assist eligible applicants living in privately owned homes to make their accommodation more suitable for their needs.

The grants available operate on a sliding scale with the highest percentage grants available to those with the lowest incomes and vice versa. The schemes are means tested. Grant assistance is not available to applicants whose household income exceeds €60,000 per annum.

The administration of the grants scheme, including the assessment, approval and prioritisation of grant applications under the various measures, is the responsibility of each local authority. Having considered all of the circumstances in any particular case, it is a matter for the local authority to determine grant eligibility.

Housing for All commits to undertaking a review of the range of housing grants available to assist with meeting specific housing needs both for our ageing population and people with a disability which includes a review of the existing grant limits and income thresholds applicable to the grant schemes. The review is being undertaken this year.

Separately, housing supports are provided by local authorities to eligible applicants in accordance with the eligibility and need criteria set down in section 20 of the Housing (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2009 and the associated Social Housing Assessment Regulations 2011, as amended.


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