Homeless Oxfordshire News

Izzy’s Story

25th June 2021

Losing a child can have a catastrophic effect on a person’s mental health. For Izzy, losing her baby was a catalyst for change. At 15 years old, Izzy left her…

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Introducing our BRAND NEW Housing and Innovation Service

20th May 2021

Homeless Oxfordshire · New safeguarding service for homeless people in Oxfordshire We are thrilled to announce the launch of our new Housing and Innovation Service! This new service is made…

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6th May 2021

According to ‘Is Britain Fairer? (2018)’, a report by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, life is still unfair for many people in England.* The report states, “Homelessness is also…

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Being homeless isn’t a crime

20th April 2021

Did you know that rough sleeping can still be deemed a criminal activity and rough sleepers can be fined up to £1000?! We’d like to think that attitudes towards homelessness…

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👩 Lucy's alcohol addiction led her to being fired from her job.
She tried rehab five times on her own but kept slipping back.
At 30, she was sleeping on the streets.

She found us, and two and a half years after starting using our service, Lucy moved into our Women's Project.

“There’s five of us and we’re all in recovery.
It’s about support, it’s about moving on; it’s not permanent, it’s a stepping stone. It’s one where you evolve and find yourself amongst people who know where you’re coming from and understand addiction.
I think it’s crucial for women to support each other when they’re going through a period of recovery.”

You can boost the support homeless women receive > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

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👩 Lucys alcohol addiction led her to being fired from her job.
She tried rehab five times on her own but kept slipping back.
At 30, she was sleeping on the streets.

She found us, and two and a half years after starting using our service, Lucy moved into our Womens Project.

“There’s five of us and we’re all in recovery.
It’s about support, it’s about moving on; it’s not permanent, it’s a stepping stone. It’s one where you evolve and find yourself amongst people who know where you’re coming from and understand addiction.
I think it’s crucial for women to support each other when they’re going through a period of recovery.”

You can boost the support homeless women receive > www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/donate

#HomelessNotHopeless

🛌Penny slept rough outside Oxford train station for two weeks before she found us.
This was a result of life-long mental health issues, funding cuts reducing her support, and her marriage ending.

She had a breakdown and tried to end her own life.

Our staff helped her to live alongside her condition, checked on her, made her realise that someone cared.

"I’ve amazed myself by how far I’ve come from where I was last year to where I am now."

www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/2018/11/13/im-in-a-good-place-now

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🛌Penny slept rough outside Oxford train station for two weeks before she found us.
This was a result of life-long mental health issues, funding cuts reducing her support, and her marriage ending.

She had a breakdown and tried to end her own life.

Our staff helped her to live alongside her condition, checked on her, made her realise that someone cared.

I’ve amazed myself by how far I’ve come from where I was last year to where I am now.

www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/2018/11/13/im-in-a-good-place-now

#HomelessNotHopeless

Ever heard of cuckooing? - Sadly it doesn't have anything to do with nature.

Cuckooing is when drug dealers take over the home belonging to a vulnerable person to widen their criminal network.

Exploitation of vulnerable people is a mounting concern for frontline accommodation services like Homeless Oxfordshire.
During this week we are working closely with Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council, speaking to vulnerable tenants to support and safeguard them, identify any exploitation concerns, and provide the necessary interventions to prevent them from coming to harm.

If you think someone is being exploited common warning signs of exploitation include regular visitors, late night disturbances and disorder, physical injuries, and drug activity.
Reports can be made to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 in an emergency.
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Ever heard of cuckooing?  - Sadly it doesnt have anything to do with nature.

Cuckooing is when drug dealers take over the home belonging to a vulnerable person to widen their criminal network.

Exploitation of vulnerable people is a mounting concern for frontline accommodation services like Homeless Oxfordshire.
During this week we are working closely with Thames Valley Police and Oxford City Council, speaking to vulnerable tenants to support and safeguard them, identify any exploitation concerns, and provide the necessary interventions to prevent them from coming to harm.

If you think someone is being exploited common warning signs of exploitation include regular visitors, late night disturbances and disorder, physical injuries, and drug activity. 
Reports can be made to Thames Valley Police by calling 101 (non-emergency) or 999 in an emergency. 
#WeekofAction

Penny successfully moved into a social housing property and went back to her job!

“Things are progressing quite well now.
The staff helped me with things like benefits; there’s a lot of paperwork, appointments, assessments. They helped with basic things I just would not have been able to do by myself; like filling in a lot of online forms as well. And now I’m in a place where I’m getting all the help that I’m entitled to.

Life feels really good. I feel like I'm alive again."

www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/2018/11/13/im-in-a-good-place-now

#HomelessNotHopeless
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Penny successfully moved into a social housing property and went back to her job!

“Things are progressing quite well now.
The staff helped me with things like benefits; there’s a lot of paperwork, appointments, assessments. They helped with basic things I just would not have been able to do by myself; like filling in a lot of online forms as well. And now I’m in a place where I’m getting all the help that I’m entitled to.

Life feels really good. I feel like Im alive again.

www.homelessoxfordshire.uk/2018/11/13/im-in-a-good-place-now

#HomelessNotHopeless

People who become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless not only have to deal with the hardships that come with it, but they can also become victims of exploitation.

Not having access to a stable income or able to rely on financial support from family and friends means that criminal activity – such as dealing drugs or low level fraud – could be an attractive option as a means of getting by.

At Homeless Oxfordshire we are working tirelessly to protect and safeguard our residents from being targeted by gangs and exploiters who prey on vulnerable people.
Thames Valley Police Oxford City Council #WeekofAction

Help us to continue to protect homeless people
homelessoxfordshire.uk/support-us/donate
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People who become homeless or are at risk of becoming homeless not only have to deal with the hardships that come with it, but they can also become victims of exploitation. 

Not having access to a stable income or able to rely on financial support from family and friends means that criminal activity – such as dealing drugs or low level fraud – could be an attractive option as a means of getting by. 

At Homeless Oxfordshire we are working tirelessly  to protect and safeguard our residents from being targeted by gangs and exploiters who prey on vulnerable people.
Thames Valley Police Oxford City Council #WeekofAction

Help us to continue to protect homeless people
homelessoxfordshire.uk/support-us/donate
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🏠The leading cause of homelessness?

Loss of tenancy.
After she was evicted, Steph simply couldn't afford a deposit and a month's rent upfront .

Inevitably, she became homeless 🙁

This is a familiar story for many homeless.
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