Monday 18 February 2019

Cork gets €5.6 million under scheme to fund housing adaptations

Bill Browne

People across the north Cork region have been urged to avail of a Cork County Council initiative to adapt the homes of the elderly and those with a disability or mobility problems.

Under the Housing Adaptation Grants Scheme successful applicants will receive a grant to make necessary changes to their homes that will allow them to remain living independently within their own communities.

Funding of €5.6 million has been set aside by the government and the local authority for the scheme, which has three key elements.

The housing adaptation grant helps cover the cost of structural works to the homes of people living with a disability such as the building of extensions and the installation of ground floor bedrooms. 

The mobility aids housing grant helps with the cost of installing essential items such as access ramps, hand rails, showers, smoke alarms and stair lifts. The housing aid for older people category (for applicants over 66) makes provision for essential repairs such as rewiring, dry lining and the replacement of doors and windows, particularly in older houses. 

Funding of up to €30,000 per applicant is available under the housing adaptation grant, €6,000 under the under the mobility aids grant and €8,000 under the housing aid for older people initiative.

Cllr John Paul O'Shea (FG) has welcomed the roll-out of the 2018 grants scheme, pointing out that the total funding allocated to Cork County Council this year had been increase by €600,000 on the previous years allocation. 

"Over recent years there has been a huge volume of activity under the auspices of this scheme, with an ever increasing demand for money to undertake what are often essential adaptations. These works are vital in that they allow people to remain living in their own homes and communities," said Cllr O'Shea. 

Cllr O'Shea said changes in the eligibility criteria under scheme in recent years should not put people off from applying for grants. 

"Assisting older people and those with mobility problems and disabilities to continue to live in their own homes and communities has been one of my top priorities as a public representative," he said. 

"It is crucially important that the most in need of funding under this important scheme can avail of the appropriate adaptations to their homes," he said. 

For more information about the scheme visit and follow the links to the housing section or the section directly at County hall on 021 427 6891. 

Cllr O'Shea said the allocation of funding for adaptations to local authority housing in Cork is due to be announced shortly.