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City Council changes provisions for homeless in Oxford

Oxford City Council is relaunching its Somewhere Safe to Stay service, which provides short-term accommodation for people experiencing – or at risk of experiencing – rough sleeping. It aims to provide shelter for people while their needs are assessed to link them with the support they need. 

Spotlight: The Gatehouse’s Community Café

The Gatehouse must be one of the only social enterprises in Oxford where an upsurge in usage is not necessarily a good thing. Since...

Dozens of Ukrainian refugees now homeless in Oxford

Dozens of Ukrainian refugees in Oxford have been registered homeless, the Oxford Mail has uncovered.  The Mail submitted numerous FOI requests to councils in Oxfordshire,...

Oxford City Council announces new plans for housing those in need

Oxford City Council is adapting its response to housing those in need. Whilst the annual closure of the city’s emergency winter shelter is expected...

City Council announces return of severe weather emergency protocol

Oxford City Council announced last week the return of their Severe Weather Emergency Protocol (SWEP). The policy is intended to provide overnight accommodation to homeless people living in Oxford in the event of particularly harsh winter weather.

Oxford housing charity Edge Housing holds 10-year anniversary event

"Edge Housing is preparing to open their tenth house for rough sleepers."

New day support venue for the homeless and vulnerably-housed opening in Oxford

The new day centre, known as the “Living Room”, will provide support in a small and friendly environment to its guests, specially targeting those who may feel more able to engage in this setting.

Homelessness in Oxfordshire has nearly halved since 2019

"Homelessness in Oxfordshire has nearly halved since 2019 due to the Oxfordshire County Council’s response to a government directive urging councils to get ‘everyone in’ due to the pandemic. This comes as Oxfordshire County Council commits to a new ‘housing-led’ approach to homelessness, the first of its kind in the country."

Vacant Nuffield College accommodation used to house homeless people

These residents will be housed in Nuffield’s Becket Street for the next two years. The properties, having been empty for 18 months, were revamped and have been designed to provide housing in which residents can have a “sense of ownership”.

Council pledges £50 million to retrofit homes

Oxford City Council is set to spend over £50 million in order to retrofit council homes, it has been announced.  The scheme is going ahead...

Little Giveaways

"Jazz was being played over the stereo like theme music, as if they were acting in a television drama where each character had some essential trait, some crucial role."

Oxford’s homelessness services will not cooperate with deporting rough sleepers

“Should we be running the risk that fear of being deported will lead those who are already vulnerable being exploited and even becoming victims of modern slavery?”

Oxford awarded £1 million to fight homelessness

Oxford City Council and charity Aspire have made a successful bid for government funding to tackle homelessness and move people who had been sleeping...

The Housing Crisis: coronavirus and ‘mass evictions’

In the midst of a global pandemic, another dangerous crisis is emerging on British soil. This time, Day Zero will be the 25th of June. Unless action...

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