Increasing the supply of housing is a priority for this Government and the Programme for Government commits to ensuring an appropriate mix of housing design types is provided, including universally designed units, accommodation for older people and people with disabilities. Significant work is ongoing both through the implementation of the Housing Options for our Ageing Population policy statement and the National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability to ensure that housing is appropriately designed for these needs.
During the period 2016-2019, my Department provided almost €2.1 billion to local authorities to deliver new social homes, including new homes for people with disabilities. This included funding provided to local authorities under my Department’s Capital Assistance Scheme (CAS), to support the delivery by Approved Housing Bodies of new social homes for priority groups including people with a disability.
Local authorities make provision for new housing for people with a disability in their own new build housing programmes. My Department does not hold specific details in relation to the number of individual houses built or procured for persons with disabilities in each local authority during this period. However, this information should be available from the individual local authorities