Housing FAQs

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  • I see that Cluid (or any other housing association) is building houses beside me. I would love one of them. How do I go about it?

    I see that Cluid (or any other housing association) is building houses beside me. I would love one of them. How do I go about it?

    The housing association takes nominations from the local Council. Register with your local authority and indicate your interest in the particular housing association. Your name will be forwarded by the local authority and the application process will proceed from there.

  • I met a local councillor last night and I was complaining about the lack of housing for people with disabilities. He said that there was no need for housing for people with disabilities. This is not true; loads of my friends have disabilities and need housing! How can we let them know that we need housing?

    I met a local councillor last night and I was complaining about the lack of housing for people with disabilities. He said that there was no need for housing for people with disabilities. This is not true; loads of my friends have disabilities and need housing! How can we let them know that we need housing?

    The best way to indicate your housing need is to put your name on the housing list by registering with your local Council. When local authorities are assessing housing needs, one of the resources they use is the local authority housing list. As far as they are concerned if you are not on the list your need doesn’t exist!

  • I am building a new house and was just wondering if there are any grants available? I am paraplegic and full time wheelchair user.

    I am building a new house and was just wondering if there are any grants available? I am paraplegic and full time wheelchair user.

    The grant you should check out with your local Council, Housing Grants Department, is the Housing Adaptation Grant for People with Disabilities. For a new house the maximum grant payable is €10,000.00. The grant is means test, if the household income is above €30,000.00 the grant begins to be paid on a sliding scale. At an income of or above €60,000.00 then no grant is paid. Phone the local Council to enquire and confirm these details.

  • I have registered with my local Council as having a housing need but have not been given any notification of the duration of which I will be waiting for appropriate accommodation. What should I do?

    I have registered with my local Council as having a housing need with the local council but have not been given any notification of the duration of which I will be waiting for appropriate accommodation. What should I do?

    Seek a meeting with the Council Housing Dept to enquire as to the status of your housing application; does your application have a priority on the Housing List and if not is there anything further you can do to achieve a priority in your application (further medical reports etc)? Then ask what plans does the Council have to house people needing wheelchair accessible accommodation and you in particular and how long do they think that will that take?

    Also ask the Council to refer you to any Voluntary Housing Associations with properties or building in the area. The Council will know what voluntary housing associations operate in the area.

  • I have been looking for long term wheelchair accessible/adapted housing to rent or share. I was wondering if you can tell me where to find a list of places, anywhere in the country which are available to rent?

    I have been looking for long term wheelchair accessible/adapted housing to rent or share. I was wondering if you can tell me where to find a list of places, anywhere in the country which are available to rent?

    Unfortunately there is no actual list of accessible rental accommodation available – there are no estate agents or organisations that particularly keep note of accessible accommodation. It is a matter of using property web sites, contacting local estate agents and putting up local “accommodation wanted” advertisements. Often estate agents and web sites do not know if a property is really accessible or can be made accessible so making out your own checklist of your requirements would be helpful to you and to estate agents and property owners. It can be difficult to find the “ideal” property but many people do find rental properties that are adequate.

  • I am a wheelchair user. I want to live in my own place? What are the options for PA availability?

    I am a wheelchair user. I want to live in my own place? What are the options for PA availability?

    If you require PA to live in your own home, you should contact your local HSE Disability Manager. You might want to consider applying for PA service before you move from your present accommodation to get used to working with PAs and to begin to build up enough hours to be able to live in your own place.

    You might also contact the Assisted Living Service in the local IWA centre who will be able to advise you on who the Disability Manager for your area is and where to contact him/her. The IWA provides PA services but has to be funded by the HSE to do so.

  • I live at home with my parents. I am very happy at the moment but want to make plans for the future. What should I do first?

    I live at home with my parents. I am very happy at the moment but want to make plans for the future. What should I do first?

    The first thing you should do is put your name on the housing list. You do this by registering with your local authority. By doing this you are registering your housing need and will be offered social housing in due course either from the local authority itself or from a housing association.

  • If everyone should have an opportunity to live in a home suitable to their needs, how can this happen when I can’t manage to buy my own place?

    If everyone should have an opportunity to live in a home suitable to their needs, how can this happen when I can’t manage to buy my own place?

    The first step is to apply to register with your Local Council which can make it possible:-

    • To get a place of your own suitable to your needs
    • To have independence and freedom to make choices and plan your future
    • To be eligible to be housed by Voluntary Housing Associations
    • To be eligible for rent allowance

    If you don’t register with your Local Council how can they meet your need? They have no idea of the number of people who need housing or their preferred living situation. Local Councils have a responsibility to respond to the right of people with disabilities to live as independently as possible in their preferred living situation and unless they know your needs they can’t meet it. Don’t put it off because you think you will be unsuccessful. This housing webpage will support you in making an application.

  • My friend is moving into rented accommodation. He is on Disability Allowance and will need to recieve rent allowance. What does he need to do?

    My friend is moving into rented accommodation. He is on Disability Allowance and will need to recieve rent allowance. What does he need to do?

    Rent allowance, or rent supplement, is received through the Community Welfare Officer. Application forms are available from your Local Health Office or online. In order to be eligible for rent allowance your friend must be on the housing list. He will do this by registering with his local authority.

    http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/otheroffice/community-welfare-office-contact.aspx

  • Why Operation Sign Up? What’s it all about?

    Why Operation Sign Up? What’s it all about?

    Operation Sign Up is a IWA housing initiative with a very specific action which asks you to consider and plan for your present or future housing need.

    Operation Sign Up asks you to think about whether your current accommodation suits your accommodation needs now, and will this accommodation suit your needs for the future? If the answer to these questions is NO then Operation Sign Up is designed to support you to do something about it.

    People with disabilities should not have to accept unsuitable accommodation conditions. Everyone should have an opportunity to live in a home suitable to their needs.

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