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Saturday 16 December 2017

People with disabilities to get their own homes

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

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.

Irish Independent

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