Homeless Oxfordshire

OUR WORK

How we work

No one can do it all alone. And no one should have to.

We all need guidance. It’s what gets us through and gives us hope.

But for homeless people, that support network just isn’t there.

Until they come to Homeless Oxfordshire.

We provide that safe space, with access to high quality one to one support and initiatives to give homeless people control and independence.

We encourage homeless people to get back on their feet, teach people how to manage a tenancy.

We help boost people’s self-esteem and resilience to cope with life’s ups and downs.

We connect with homeless people and remind them of their strengths and their skills, helping them to move onto a life with greater independence and happiness.

Jon's Story

Jon was struggling. With issues around drug dealing, sex working and financial abuse, he saw no light at the end of the tunnel. In his despair, he turned to Homeless Oxfordshire for help.

As a high priority, vulnerable client, we got to work fast, creating a safe and well-monitored space for Jon to live comfortably with us. We also supported him to protect himself and ensure he could manage his money better.

Working alongside the Neighbourhood Police Team, together, we reported any connected incidents and guided with our expertise and empathy.

For Jon, it was the safest option to seek sustainable private rented accommodation out of the area, and we helped him on that path.

To keep him on that path, we:

  • Set up a repayment plan to support and address his arrears
  • Helped him engage with Compass staff
  • Searched for PRS
  • Built his self-esteem and confidence to help him search for employment

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Where we work

Homelessness doesn’t have a postcode. Sadly, it’s everywhere. We make sure Oxfordshire is covered, working across the county in close partnership with organisations including all local authorities such as Oxford City Council.

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O'Hanlon House

Open around the clock, O’Hanlon House is a 56-bed hostel offering safety, warmth and specialist support.

All of our clients are allocated a keyworker who will help them create their own support plan and link them with relevant professionals. So regardless of their struggle – drugs, alcohol, mental health, there’s always an expert to listen and advise.

Whatever stage of life they’re at, we remind clients that they deserve to relax and enjoy some downtime. So we run regular events and activities to keep everyone positive and stimulated.

The hostel also has its own Benefits Advisor who assists with budgeting, Universal Credit and debt issues. So clients can learn to manage their money well while they stay with us and when they become more independent.

As well as providing accommodation the hostel also supports homeless people via;

  • A Day Service for 80 clients.
  • An overnight sit-up service? for an additional 10-15 people.
  • SWEP accommodating an additional 10 people during the severe weather.

Community Accommodation

Opening doors and creating opportunities is our main focus. And our move-on projects are one of the best examples.

Designed especially for homeless people over 18, this set of 41 properties across Oxford and Abingdon can accommodate up to 144 people who are ready to make a positive change in their lives.

Acacia project

Provides 6 self-contained studio or one-bedroom flats to clients with complex needs including mental ill health. This is a partnership project with Response who owns the properties.

Sapling project

Provides 5 beds for clients who are in recovery from drug and/or alcohol dependency and have completed a period of residential detox treatment or rehabilitation; usually at Howard House in Oxford.

Vineyard project

Provides 14 beds for clients in the South & Vale District and caters for a variety of needs.

Project 41

Provides 41 units of accommodation. 13 units are allocated to clients with low-medium needs and 28 to those with med-high needs.

Compass Ex-offenders project

Supports single people aged 22+ across 7 shared houses in Oxford. Sadly, there is very little provision made for ex-offenders leaving the prison system.

Ex-offenders are usually told to present to the local authority-housing department on the day of release, but will usually be non-priority or deemed homeless due to offending behaviour or failure to maintain a tenancy. That’s where Compass comes in. It delivers safety, stability and support in times of desperate need.

 

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Re-connect

It could take two months. It could take two years. However long it takes to get our clients back on their feet, we treat them uniquely, offering up to 24 months of stable, supported accommodation.

We never give up hope, encouraging and advising so that everyone can reach their goals. And it doesn’t stop at accommodation.

Because we realise homeless people also find it extremely hard to gain paid employment, we look at options to extend skills and also provide below-market rent, covering the difference.

Health and Wellbeing

When you’re ill, you see a doctor. And when you’ve got tooth pain, you visit a dentist. But for homeless people, it’s just not that simple. Because they have no fixed address, registering at health practices is near on impossible.

Add to that mental health issues, drugs and alcohol abuse and little or no food and the situation becomes even more complex.

Homeless Oxfordshire want to bridge the gap. We support the work of the Luther Street Medical Centre through leasing a building to the Clinical Commissioning Group.

Established in 1981, the Centre was founded as a direct response to the lack of health services for homeless people. Thanks to generous donations from supporters, it opened in 1999 and delivers quality healthcare to the homeless whether registered with a Doctor or not.

 

Services

A full range of GP services

Open access surgery times

9am - 12.30pm: Monday - Friday

Booked appointment times

2pm - 5pm: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays

 

General enquiries

8am - 6.30pm: Monday - Friday (Outside office hours, the phones are covered by Oxfordshire Out Of Hours Service [OXEMS])

How to contact the Centre

Phone: 01865 726008

Fax: 01865 204133   Luther Street, Oxford OX1 2DU

(in Oxford City Centre, off Speedwell Street via Cromwell Street)

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Daily deliveries from @oxfordfoodbank help us to provide nutritious meals for our clients at O'Hanlon House. Last year we served 75,000 meals - thank you to everyone who donates 🍎🧀🍞🥕🌽🥦 #homelessness #foodbank #Oxford #Oxfordshire

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