Disabled under-65s living in OAP homes
÷ Over 1,000 people with disabilities under the age of 65 are living inappropriately in nursing homes for older people. ÷ And 2,580 disabled people were still living in congregated settings, often called ‘institutions’, at the end of 2016. ÷ The stark details in a report from the Irish Human Rights and Equality Committee and ESRI. ÷ The Disability Federation of Ireland said it amounts to “the crisis within the housing crisis”. ÷ Census 2016 showed us that over a quarter of homeless people had at least one disability. (6,906 homeless counted, 1,871 with at least one disability). ÷ 4,456 households qualified for social housing in 2016 were linked to having one or more household members with an enduring physical, sensory, mental health or intellectual disability. ÷ The federation calls for €13.75m in the Housing Adaptation Grant to be included in the next Budget,as a minimum, to help address the issues.