Increase in Housing Adaptation Grants for older and disabled people .
Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien has announced €83.125 million in funding for Housing Adaptation Grants for Older and Disabled people for 2023. This is a 2.3% increase nationally on the initial 2022 funding allocation and represents a continuation of the year-on-year increases in the grant since 2014.
South Dublin County Council is delighted to be allocated €3,792,515, which is a €221,075 (6.2%) increase on their 2022 allocation.
Grants of up to €30,000 are available to assist disabled people in carrying out necessary works to make a dwelling more suitable for their needs under the Housing Adaption Grant Scheme (HAG Scheme). Additionally, grants of up to €8,000 are available to assist older people to have necessary repairs or improvements carried out on their homes under the Housing Aids for Older Persons Scheme (HOP Scheme). Under the Mobility Aid Scheme, which assists with grant aid to cover a basic suite of works to address mobility problems, primarily, but not exclusively, associated with ageing, grants of up to €6,000 are available.
This extra funding allocation will empower and enable older and disabled people, and facilitate them living independently in their own homes. It will also provide a boost to local economies, creating employment opportunities for local contractors.
In addition to administering the Housing Grants Scheme in 2023, South Dublin County Council are committed to bring Housing Adaptation Grants for Older People and People with A Disability Schemes online in the coming months. This is in line with our Digital Transformation Project, aimed at providing the best possible service to our citizens. This added platform will facilitate applicants who may wish to submit their application on-line, with the benefits of applying digitally in their own time from their homes or hospital / care facility, and also reducing printed paperwork and making best use of staff resources.