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New housing grants policy makes it easier for those in need of help with their homes

on Wed, 22/07/2020 - 7:28pm

Vale of White Horse DC has made it easier for people with disabilities - or who are vulnerable - to receive housing assistance grants and loans to help make their homes safer and more comfortable.

While the council has always provided a grants and loans service for vulnerable people to help their homes better suit their needs, the new Housing Assistance Grants and Loans policy introduced by the council this month has extended what’s on offer.

The maximum grant available has increased from £30,000 to £50,000 and a grant is also now available for people living with dementia. In addition, the system is to be streamlined with new technology aiming to improve the service and reduce the waiting times for work to be carried out.

The new policy aims to:

  • support more disabled residents to live independently by improving access and movement around their homes
  • reduce hospital admissions and enable early hospital discharges
  • reduce the need for residential care by allowing people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes
  • reduce fuel poverty and the effects of living in cold homes
  • support tailored home adaptations for those who need them including those suffering with dementia

To apply for a Disabled Facilities Grant, the first step is to contact an Occupational Therapist to see if you’re eligible. For more information on applying for grants and loans please see the dedicated website page (click).

Councillor Jenny Hannaby Vale of White Horse District Council Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment said: “The new policy can help towards home improvements, even small ones, which may mean people avoid the misery of a health crisis and the subsequent increased dependency on families, carers and services. This policy should make life easier, safer and more comfortable and more independent for our most vulnerable residents.”

From an article on the Vale's website; see the orignal <here>.