Leitrim gets €490,000 for Housing Adaptions

Fiona Heavey

Reporter:

Fiona Heavey

Leitrim gets €490,000 for Housing Adaptions

Funding

County Leitrim has been allocated  almost €490,000 for housing adaption grants for older people with a disability.

The funding can be used to construct extension for people with disabilities as well as helping houses become more wheelchair friendly.

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.

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.