In principle, we believe that everything should be done to ensure that people have a safe space to sleep in extreme weather. However, night shelters have always been an immediate, emergency response and are not long-term solutions. Thanks to MHCLG funding and the City Council’s provision of hotels and other interim support that has been…

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Woman writing label on a box as if she is moving home

Last year, Homeless Oxfordshire spoke to Lucy, one of the clients in our Women’s Project. We caught up with her to find out about how her recovery journey is progressing.

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Like so many business and charities, the COVID-19 pandemic interrupted our income streams and caused us massive financial disruption. However, in true ‘Homeless Oxfordshire spirit’, we showed our resilience and adapted our efforts to online fundraising… despite the adversity! We raised an incredible £4381 which is thanks to YOU, our supporters, who helped us out…

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Silhouette of a woman walking down some steps to leave a building

Recently we spotted a great story about three survivors of domestic abuse who began a furniture project to provide women with furnishings who might have lost their possessions as a result of fleeing a violent home. These women turned their horrific experiences into something positive to help others. This resonates with us and our belief…

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We are delighted to tell you that we have received a helping hand to the tune of £100,000 from the COVID-19 Homelessness Response Fund from the Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government (MHLCLG) supported by Homeless Link. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we continued to offer a front-line service to 200 of our clients. As…

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Rachel is a client in our Women’s project. In her own words she describes how she came to be homeless and her hopes for the future. Becoming homeless “I was with someone who was stupidly doing heroin and I tried it. This led me down the path of losing my house, family. I was sofa…

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Lucy* is one of our growing number of women clients, here she bravely shares her experiences of homelessness, substance misuse and how we have been able to accommodate and support her as she recovers.   “I first went into rehab in June 2015, because I’m an alcoholic. I was fired three times from the same…

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The photo is taken over Penny's shoulder and shows support worker, Sue laughing with her. Penny has black dreadlocks and is wearing a grey top. Sue is wearing a pink leopard pink jumper with her Staff lanyard on.

After her flat was taken over by a new landlord, Penny* couldn’t afford the increased rent. Struggling with her mental health after a divorce, Penny became homeless and started living on the streets. Since sharing her story, Penny has moved on to independent living. “I’ve worked all my life and I’ve managed to live a…

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A woman holds a cup in front of her face while smile - we have used an istock photo to protect Emma's identity

Emma* came to Homeless Oxfordshire after escaping an abusive marriage. In one of our community properties, Emma had a safe space to recover and rebuild her life. With our support, she went back to work as a teacher and moved into privately rented accommodation. “I’ve been homeless twice in my life. The first time I…

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