Wednesday, 6 February 2019

Questions (204)

Eoin Ó Broin


204. Deputy Eoin Ó Broin asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the full costs of a project (details supplied) in Dublin 22; and his plans for the future of the scheme. [5817/19]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Abhaile Project was the winner of the Rebuilding Ireland Homes for Smart Ageing Universal Design Challenge in June 2017. It involved the development of an innovative new model to support older homeowners to reconfigure their family-sized homes by creating an independent living area suitable for the older homeowner, eliminating the need to use the stairs, and creating a rental home upstairs. The application of the model to individual properties, and the associated costs, are a matter for the project promoters/homeowners concerned.

My Department, in conjunction with the Department of Health, will launch the ‘Housing Options for Our Ageing Population’ policy statement shortly. The policy statement will be informed by the key objectives underpinning it as expressed in the Programme for a Partnership Government  and Pillar 2 of Rebuilding Ireland Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness. As part of this policy the potential of targeted schemes, including those of a similar type to the Abhaile project, to meet differing housing needs will be examined.