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National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability

The National Housing Strategy for People with a Disability (NHSPWD) 2011- 2016, was published jointly by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) and the Department of Health (DoH) in 2011. The strategy sets out the Government’s broad framework for the delivery of housing for people with disabilities through mainstream housing options.

An Implementation Framework was published in 2012 and this along with the strategy was developed as part of a coherent framework, in conjunction with the Government’s mental health policy; A Vision for Change and the Report of the Working Group on Congregated Settings, to support people with disabilities to access community based living with maximum independence and choice.

Implementation of identified actions in the NHSPWD 2011 - 2016 is being driven primarily by the Housing Agency by means of a dedicated sub-group, comprising representatives from DHPCLG, the HSE, DoH, Local Authorities, the ICSH and various disability representative organisations. Much work has been done to deliver on various initiatives to support both the new supply of dedicated housing for people with disabilities and provide for the adaptation of existing stock.

Under Rebuilding Ireland, the Government’s Action Plan on Housing and Homelessness the NHSPWD was extended to 2020 as many of the Strategic Aims and Priority Actions set out in the strategy are still relevant and need to be developed and implemented.

One of the actions set out in the Implementation Strategy was the establishment of a Housing and Disability Steering Group in each Local Authority area. To date all Local Authorities have set up Housing and Disability Steering Groups and there are 31 in existence. The purpose of these groups is to deliver the NHSPWD at local level with the guidance and support of the national structures through the Housing Agency.