DFI members discuss housing issues at second Housing Advisory Group meeting  

May 2 2024, 12:16pm

Housing Advisory Group (1)

DFI held its second member Housing Advisory Group meeting on Wednesday 1 May.

Members shared updates on work they are involved in, and housing issues experienced by their members. The discussion covered a wide range of areas including:  

  • Housing, social welfare and cost of disability challenges for disabled people  
  • Meeting housing and supports for independent living/supported housing 
  • Raising awareness about social housing options and planning for future housing and support needs 
  • Decongregation  
  • The development of universal design standards 
  • Cost pressures for Approved Housing Bodies and challenges involved with governmental funding schemes (e.g. Capital Assistance Scheme)  

DFI gave a presentation on national and regional housing updates. There was also a discussion on the housing priorities for the Local Elections.  

Representatives from the following DFI member organisations were in attendance:  

  • Muscular Dystrophy Ireland 
  • Huntington’s Disease Association of Ireland 
  • Vision Ireland  
  • Ability West 
  • Acquired Brain Injury Ireland  
  • Enable Ireland 
  • Cheshire Ireland 
  • Irish Wheelchair Association  
  • Anne Sullivan Centre  

If you work for a DFI member organisation and would like to get involved then get in touch with Ríona or Lisa, who facilitate the group.