O’Mahony says new local authority homes to benefit elderly and disabled people

The provision of 87 new homes in Galway for elderly people and those with intellectual or physical disability will greatly benefit these individuals and their families, according to Fine Gael TD John O’Mahony.

O’Mahony was speaking following the announcement by the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Alan Kelly, and Minister for State for Housing, Planning and Construction, Paudie Coffey, of a major nationwide programme to provide housing to vulnerable individuals.

“This is fantastic news. It will directly benefit these individuals and their families and will greatly help to reduce the pressure on Galway City and County councils. Furthermore it will provide us with a legacy of improved housing stock for those who are unable to provide for themselves.

“It is extremely welcome that we will have these new dedicated social housing units to provide these supports to those who find themselves in need of housing support. This announcement comes on the back of the announcement by the Government in May of increased funding for local authorities to undertake adaptations to houses to support people with a disability and the elderly.

“The investment, which comes to over €151 million nationally and €13,484,400 in Galway, will be given to approved housing bodies, to assist those with specific needs such as elderly people, persons with intellectual or physical disability, and homeless persons. The newly acquired homes will be ready for people with housing needs this year, while the newly constructed homes will be completed by 2017.

“The construction and upgrading of these housing units will also help create local employment, the benefits of which will be felt by businesses in our community.”

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