Tuesday, 24 November 2020

Questions (79)

Michael Moynihan

Question:

79. Deputy Michael Moynihan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage his plans to provide additional supports to allow persons living with a disability to remain in their own homes. [38283/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department provides funding every year for the Disabled Persons Grant (DPG) scheme and the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability scheme. While both schemes are administered directly by the local authorities they operate independently with separate funding streams, the main differences being the type of properties eligible for funding and the level of local authority contribution.

DPG funding is provided for adaptations and extensions to existing social housing stock to meet specific needs of the local authority tenants with a 10% contribution required from the local authority, while the Housing Adaptation Grants address specific needs of older people and people with a disability in privately owned homes with a 20% contribution required from the local authority.

A total of €18 million has been made available under the DPG scheme for 2020.

For 2020, total funding of €73.75 million has been made available for the Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with a Disability scheme for private houses.

An overall funding package of €93 million will be available in 2021 for the carrying out of home adaptation works for both private and social homes, thereby facilitating people with disabilities and older people to continue to live in their own homes and communities for as long as possible.