If you are having difficulty living at home because of a disability, we may be able to help you to carry out essential adaptations so that you can continue to live independently. This work can be funded by a disabled facilities grant. You can apply for it if you own your own home, rent or live with your family.
We provide grants, up to the sum of £30,000 per applicant, to help disabled people in private sector housing to carry out essential adaptations to their homes so that they can live more independently. This is a mandatory grant for work considered necessary by an occupational therapist (OT) . Work includes installing stairlifts, providing a level access shower in place of a bath and ensuring homes are wheelchair accessible. It can include extending your home if there are no other ways of getting access to essential facilities.
Homeowners, housing association tenants and private tenants can apply. Landlords can also apply for an occupant who is registered disabled or eligible to register as disabled. We will make an assessment to see if the works are practical and will provide the most effective long-term solution. In exceptional cases, if your home is not suitable for adaptation and, with your agreement, we may decide it is best to help you to move to a more suitable accommodation. If you are a Council tenant and would like to apply for housing adaptations to meet your needs, please contact us on 01329 236100 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
In the first instance, apply to Occupational Therapy Direct by phoning 0845 600 4555 (Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm and Fridays 8.30am to 4.30pm) or emailing to OTdirect@hants.gov.uk They will arrange for an occupational therapist (OT) to visit you to assess your needs.
This is usually based on a financial assessment (a "means test") , and you will be told how much your grant will be and whether you will need to contribute towards the work before you decide to go ahead. However, don't be discouraged from applying, as people with significant savings can often be eligible for a grant towards work. Grants to benefit a disabled child or qualifying young person (aged 18 years or younger) or if you receive an income related benefit or if you receive working tax credit and child tax credit and have an income less than £15,460, you will then be exempt from a financial assessment.
Other sources of funding may be available from charitable organisations. The Home Improvement Agency (see below) may be to help you with this.
A disabled facilities grant will not affect any benefits you are receiving.
Disabled facilities grants will be considered for a range of categories of work:
Many applicants find the prospect of arranging DFG works daunting so use a local home improvement agency to act on their behalf through the process. Fareham Borough Council works in partnership with Portsmouth City Council and you are able to use their Home Improvement Agency service (HIAS) in connection with your grant. Fees incurred in employing the Portsmouth HIAS to act on your behalf will be added to the overall grant. Agency staff will guide you through the decision-making process, help to organise finance, arrange and oversee building work and other technical matters. It will keep you fully informed and consulted on work being done. You can see a summary of grant conditions for owners (311 KB) or a summary of grant conditions for Tenants (327 KB).
Portsmouth City Council (HIAS)
Telephone: 02392 688369
Hampshire Occupational Therapy Services
Telephone: 0845 600 4555