Housing Aid for Older People Grant
4th July 2022
The Housing Aid for Older People Grant is for essential repairs to improve the condition of an older person's home so they can continue to live there.
It is aimed at people aged 66 and older, who are living in poor housing conditions. However, in cases of genuine hardship the local authority may help people under the age of 66.
If you have a disability and your home needs to be adapted
to make it more accessible, the Housing Adaptation Grant
for People with a Disability or the Mobility Aids
Grant Scheme may be more suitable for you.
These grants are all administered by local authorities.
The grant is for essential repairs to make it possible for an older person to continue living in their home.
Essential repairs can include:
Repairing or replacing the roof
Upgrading the electrical wiring
Repairing or replacing the windows and doors
Providing central heating
This means-tested grant is paid for essential work to privately-owned homes where the older person either:
Owns the home, or
Has a right to live in the home where the work will be done
Your total household income is assessed to find out if you qualify for the grant and what level of assistance you can get.
Household income is income earned by:
All adults living in the home aged over 23 years (or over 18 and not in full-time education)
The registered property owner and their spouse. (This income is not considered if your home is rented from a landlord, provided by an approved housing body (AHB) or is a communal residence.)
The following is not taken into account when calculating your household income:
€5,000 for each member of the household aged under 18
€5,000 for each member of the household aged between 18 and 23 and in full-time education
€5,000 if a relative is caring full-time for the person who the grant is for.
The grant covers some of the cost of work needed, but not all of it. The amount of money you get depends on your household income for the previous tax year after any disregards and deductions are applied.
The maximum grant available is €8,000 or 95% of the cost of the work approved by your local authority.
This maximum grant of 95% is available to people with annual household incomes of less than €30,000.
This reduces to 30% for those with annual household incomes of €50,001 to €60,000.
The following table shows the current rates.
Maximum yearly household income % of costs Maximum grant Up to €30,000 95% €8,000 €30,000 - €35,000 85% €6,800 €35,001 - €40,000 75% €6,000 €40,001 - €50,000 50% €4,000 €50,001 - €60,000 30% €2,400 Over €60,000 No grant payable 0
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