The lack of review of housing subsidies has rendered them obsolete and ineffective. It has gotten to the point that they are now preventing older people and people with disabilities from staying in their homes, according to MP Michael Lowry and the regional TD group.
In a private member’s motion, they are now urging the government to immediately review housing adaptation grants for seniors and people with disabilities.
Deputy Lowry believes that the failure to review the Housing Assistance Grant for the Elderly, Mobility Assistance Grant and Housing Adaptation Grant for the Disabled now leads to that these vital supports act as a barrier to people living independently in their own homes and remaining in their community.
“Government must be constantly reminded that the overriding objectives of housing policy must be affordability, sustainability, equality and social inclusion. Many older people and people with disabilities cannot live in their own homes until essential adaptations are completed, which can take significant periods of time,” he says.
Members of the Regional Group as a whole call on the government to ensure that subsidies are linked to the cost of specific works as a percentage of the cost. Grants must enable people with disabilities to ensure that they meet the individual needs of the disabled person to live independently.
The current maximum grant is €30,000, which does not cover rising construction costs. Additionally, grant rates are subject to funding by each city or county council. Therefore, the Council can decide whether to pay the full grant or a percentage in each case and Councils need additional resources to manage the programs and reflect the higher construction and material costs.
Regional Group TDs have noted that there are also unacceptable delays in adapting Council housing to meet the needs of elderly tenants and tenants with disabilities and/or people living in overcrowded conditions in Council properties. Advice.
“It is time to increase the budget allocated by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage to ensure that grant programs can meet demand and reflect rising construction costs,” says the Deputy Lowry.
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