New accommodation to tackle homelessness in Oxford

Oxford City Council is proposing a new approach to tackling rough sleeping this winter, helping to connect people in Oxfordshire to the right services to get them back on their feet.

Cabinet members have agreed plans that will mean improved assessment and a range of new accommodation and services aimed at getting people off the streets and into sustainable housing more quickly. This includes providing winterlong emergency shelter available to anyone sleeping rough – whether or not they have a local connection or recourse to public funds, with an emergency shelter due to open by early November.

The council has also been working with Oxfordshire Community Foundation, local homelessness organisations, community groups and individuals to develop a citywide partnership with the aim of ensuring that nobody should have to sleep rough in Oxford. The Oxford Homeless Movement has now launched a rough sleeping charter and website aimed at people who need help or who want to help end homelessness.