Funding of almost €650,000 has been secured for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Galway.
The Disabled Persons Grant Scheme provides funding for extensions and adaptations to existing social housing stock such as grab rails, disabled access ramps, wet rooms, etc. The scheme also provides extensions in cases of overcrowding.
My Government colleague, the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy has confirmed to me that his Department has allocated €217,108 to Galway City Council and €313,776 to Galway County Council.
Further funding of €30,123 from Galway City Council and €34,864 from Galway Council brings the total investment for the Disabled Persons Grant Scheme in Galway to €649,871,
This will greatly improve the housing conditions for those living with disabilities and addresses issues of overcrowding in existing social housing stock, while Improvement Works in Lieu provide an alternative to social housing for approved social housing applicants currently in private accommodation.
The Minister has assured me he will continue to keep the scheme under review and will consider providing further funding later in the year if the need arises.