Grants to extend your home if you are elderly or have a serious medical condition will become more readily accessible thanks to a budget increase.
The Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability grants have seen their budget increased by 6 per cent to €59.8 million as compared to 2016, the ROI Department of Housing announced today (29 May 2017).
The move should help subsidise an additional 2,000 extension and refurbishment projects to bring the total renovations to 10,000 this year.
The scheme consists of three components with grants of up to €30,000 available for an Adaptation for People with a Disability, up to €8,000 for Housing aid for Older People and up to €6,000 for mobility aids.
All applications are prioritised according to medical need, often based on the assessment of an Occupational Therapist.
The means test requires that the household earn less than €60,000 per year and for the Housing Aid for Older People grant you must be aged 66 or more (depending on the circumstances the local authority may however wave this requirement).
Astrid Madsen is the editor of SelfBuild & Improve Your Home magazine. She previously held the same role in an Irish trade publication, before that she worked at the National Standards Authority of Ireland. She graduated with a BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University in New York and holds an MBA from the Instituto de Estudios Bursatiles in Madrid. France of origin, she now lives in Portarlington, County Laois, where she's taken on the task of renovating a listed building! Email firstname.lastname@example.org