January 21, 2021

€472,000 in home improvements grants for older and disabled residents in Wicklow

Wicklow will receive State funding of over €470,000 to help older people and people with a disability to remains in their own homes for longer.

The county will recieve a total of €472,271.64 as part of an €18 million nationwide package announced by Government to improve housing conditions.

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien approved the funding for the Disabled Persons Grant scheme (DPG) and Improvement Works In Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs).

The DPG scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock for older people and people with a disability such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet room and downstairs bedrooms. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.

The Improvement Works in Lieu of social housing scheme (IWILs) allows local authorities to improve or extend privately owned accommodation, where the applicant has been approved for social housing. It allows those who are otherwise eligible for social housing to remain in private housing and for enhancements to that housing.

Announcing the funding, Minister O’Brien said, “This will greatly improve the housing conditions for our older tenants and those living with disabilities. It will also address issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while improvement works on private homes in lieu of social housing also provides an alternative for those currently experiencing overcrowding in private accommodation.”

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