People with disabilities to get their own homes
Published 06/10/2011 | 05:00
PEOPLE with intellectual and physical disabilities will be moved into homes in the community as part of government plans to close institutions.
The Department of the Environment will today announce a national strategy aimed at encouraging independent living, which includes using houses in unfinished developments and leasing homes from the private sector.
The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability 2011-2016 involves providing homes for people with disabilities to live independently.
Money will be made available to upgrade homes so that unsuitable psychiatric hospitals can be closed down, but a figure has not been mentioned.
"This is the first time that the housing needs of people with disabilities are being addressed in a targeted, whole of government approach," Housing Minister Willie Penrose said yesterday.
A detailed implementation plan will be developed over the coming months.