Hous­ing grants scheme now open for ap­pli­ca­tions

The Argus - - NEWS - OLIVIA RYAN De­clan Breath­nach TD.

The Hous­ing Grants Scheme is now open for ap­pli­ca­tions in Louth, with grants be­ing awarded based on a pri­or­ity ba­sis.

Louth TD De­clan Breath­nach is­sued a state­ment this week ad­vis­ing those who wish to ap­ply for any of the Hous­ing Adap­ta­tion Grants that the grant scheme is now open for con­sid­er­a­tion of ap­pli­ca­tions by Louth County Coun­cil.

‘I am told that the grant scheme will re­main open and grants awarded will be based on the nor­mal pri­or­ity ba­sis.”

‘For Hous­ing Adap­tion Grants - Pri­or­ity 1, which will as­sist those who need whole time care in the home. Grants for Hous­ing for Older Peo­ple - Pri­or­ity to works that will pre­serve the in­tegrity of the dwelling, and fi­nally Mo­bil­ity Aids Grants - Pri­or­ity 1, which will as­sist those who need whole-time care in the home. He added: ’I have been told by the County Coun­cil that any per­sons who made ap­pli­ca­tion in 2016, who were awarded Pri­or­ity 1 do not re­quire to make a fur­ther ap­pli­ca­tion. Any per­son who was deemed Pri­or­ity 2 or 3 in 2016 will need to re-ap­ply if they feel their cir­cum­stances need to be re­assessed. Louth County Coun­cil Staff will be able to ad­vise ap­pli­cants from 2016 which cat­e­gory they were in.

Peo­ple should con­sider ap­ply­ing where changes need to be made to a home to make it suit­able for a per­son with a phys­i­cal, sen­sory or in­tel­lec­tual dis­abil­ity or men­tal health dif­fi­culty to live in.

The grant can help you to make changes and adap­ta­tions to your home, for ex­am­ple, mak­ing it wheel­chair-ac­ces­si­ble, ex­tend­ing it to cre­ate more space, adding a ground­floor bath­room or toi­let or a stair-lift, or for older peo­ple liv­ing in poor con­di­tions they can ap­ply for a grant to have nec­es­sary re­pairs car­ried out to their home.

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