Thursday, 22nd June 2023
New awareness campaign to be rolled out to increase visibility of National Housing Strategy for Disabled People
The Implementation Plan for the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 - 2027 was launched today (22.06.2023) by Minister of State for Local Government and Planning, Kieran O’Donnell, T.D., and the Minister of State with responsibility for Disability, Anne Rabbitte, T.D. The Plan will deliver on the primary objective of the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022 – 2027, which is ‘to facilitate disabled people to live independently with the appropriate choices and control over where, how and with whom they live, promoting their inclusion in the community’.
An awareness campaign on the Strategy and the Implementation Plan was also launched today. The purpose of the campaign is to promote the Strategy and its Implementation Plan locally and nationally with stakeholders, the general public, and throughout the disability sector through various platforms.
The campaign will ensure the housing needs of disabled people are afforded a high level of visibility at local and national level in accordance with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities UNCRPD principles. The campaign will feature adverts in regional newspapers and news sites, the sharing of videos of disabled people on their views of the Strategy across online platforms, poster campaigns on public transport and in train stations. It is expected that the local Housing and Disability Steering groups in each county in Ireland will build on the national campaign and undertake awareness raising activities in their areas. The awareness campaign will be ongoing and run for the lifetime of the Strategy.
Welcoming the launch of the Implementation Plan and the awareness campaign, Bob Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of The Housing Agency, said “We welcome the launch of the Implementation Plan for the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People. This implementation plan aims to provide real sustainable housing solutions for disabled people, and for delivery to be done in a coordinated and collaborative way. Furthermore, the awareness campaign that is being launched today is an opportunity to raise awareness with disabled people, families, the general public and others on the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People and the emphasis it places on disabled people being supported to live independently and be included in the community, in line with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.”
The Strategy and the Implementation Plan were developed under the guiding principles of Housing for All – the Government’s housing plan to 2030. The National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022-2027 was launched in January 2022 and is available here.
The Implementation Plan for the National Housing Strategy for Disabled People 2022-2027 is available to view here.
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