O'Sullivan announces €10m housing fund for people with disabilities

O'Sullivan announces €10m housing fund for people with disabilities

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O'Sullivan TD

Minister for Housing and Planning, Jan O’Sullivan, TD has announced an additional €10m in housing capital funding for people with a disability.

According to Minister O’Sullivan, “The housing needs of people with a disability are a priority. Ensuring that people with a disability have good quality accommodation, suitable to their needs, is essential to ensure that people can play a full, active role in the community. Together with Minister Kathleen Lynch I have published an implementation framework for the National Housing Strategy for People with Disabilities and this funding announcement is a sign of my commitment to that important policy.

“Through the active management of my Department’s capital allocation for 2013 I am now in a position to allocate an additional €10m to provide homes for people with a disability. Local authorities have been asked to submit funding proposals and that process will be completed over the next two weeks. I expect that this funding boost will provide approximately 80-90 new homes this year.”

“This funding will make a real difference for many people with a disability. It is just one of a number of initiatives in the housing area that are delivering for this community. There is a strong focus on homes for people with a disability in the €100m capital funding envelope that runs from 2012-2014 and 800 new homes will be delivered in total through this funding.”

Working with Minister Kathleen Lynch, €1m is ring-fenced in 2013 to support a revenue-funded approach to the delivery of additional housing units for people leaving congregated settings.

Publication of the Implementation Framework for the National Housing Strategy for People with Disabilities in conjunction with Minister Lynch.

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