Naughten seeks funding for urgent housing repair grant applications

In Older People by Denis Naughten

Council ceases applications due to lack of funding

Local TD Denis Naughten has called for funding to be made available to Roscommon County Council to provide grant aid for urgent housing repairs needed by the elderly or those with disabilities.

This follows confirmation to Deputy Naughten that Roscommon County Council has now suspended both its Housing Aid for Older People Scheme and the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability due to financial constraints.

“Roscommon County Council has confirmed that it will not be accepting any further applications under either of these schemes during 2012 – including those where works are required urgently,” explained Denis Naughten.

“While the position will be reviewed in relation to extremely urgent cases if funding becomes available there is no guarantee that the resources will be made available. In the last two years the budget from the Department of the Environment has been slashed from over €3m down to €925,000 for 2012. This money is already committed for existing approvals and as a result the Council has been forced to close down the application process.

“This is a huge blow to many older people requiring works to their home and also to those with disabilities who, in some cases, require only simple modifications to allow them to continue living in their own home.

“It also contradicts the policy of the Minister for Health to keep older people out of nursing homes and in their own community. A policy that cannot be implemented if a person’s home is unsuitable due to a lack of funding to perform repairs

“Funding must be made available to ensure that urgent applications can continue to be processed by Roscommon County Council.”