Thirty three “boarded-up” homes in Donegal are to be returned to use, others will be adapted and funds have been made available to improve energy ratings in selected housing estates, according to a local County Councillor.
Labour Councillor Martin Farren has welcomed the announcement by Minister Alan Kelly of a €91 million national investment in Refurbishing, Energy Efficiency and Housing Adaptations for Older People and People with a Disability.
Councillor Farren said Donegal will benefit “under all of the funding headings of this investment programme.”
He said: “There is €392,030 to allow 33 boarded up council houses to be returned to use and €1,207,231 to improve energy ratings in selected council housing estates.
€1,124,540 has been allocated for modification of private houses which will allow extensions to be built for older people and people with a disability as well as housing adaptations to improve mobility (such as stair lifts, access ramps etc.) “This will allow people to continue to live with their families and within their own communities whilst improving their standards of comfort,” said Colr. Farren, who congratulated Donegal County Council “for reacting quickly to these funding opportunities. A further €232,844 has been allocated for similar modifications for people living in council houses to reduce crowding and allow more people to remain within their communities.”