Support someone out of homelessness for good
Homeless people are among the most marginalised in our society. They are stigmatised and stereotyped. But with over 30 years experience, we know that homelessness can happen to absolutely anyone. When life spirals out of control and someone becomes homeless, we're here; 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Homelessness is not just for Christmas. Homelessness is a personal crisis people across Oxfordshire are living every day. And in a time of austerity and funding cuts, when homelessness numbers are rising, we need your help more than ever.
After her flat was taken over by a new landlord, Penny* couldn’t afford the increased rent. She struggled with her mental health, became homeless and started living on the streets.
“I was sleeping rough outside Oxford train station for two weeks." Penny was referred to our hostel, O'Hanlon House: "I didn’t know this place existed until I was told about it, so if I was trying to make it on my own I don’t think I would have survived long on the streets."
With our support Penny rebuilt her resilience, self-confidence and independence: "I’m in a good place now, I’m feeling hopeful again that life might get better."
In early November, Penny moved into a social housing flat and is happy in her new home. Defying the odds, Penny found the strength to change her future and move out of homelessness.
Making a lasting change
From entrenched sleepers to someone who has lost their tenancy for the first time, our projects support everyone. Whether clients stay with us for six months or two years, we work to meet their needs; getting them back on their feet and into independent living. We work all year round to support people to change their lives.
£10 could pay for a welfare pack for someone including: shower gel, towels, new underwear, a toothbrush and toothpaste
£25 could support someone to learn a new skill, helping to improve their self-esteem and mental health
£70 could provide a bedroom welcome set including two pillows, a duvet with covers, fitted sheets and bedside light
£100 could provide someone with an individual grant to move into their own accommodation, helping with their rent deposit and removal costs
How your support makes a difference
Nothing is more powerful than the voices of those we help. Find out how your support makes a difference through stories told by our clients, in their own words.
*We have changed the names of our clients to protect their identities