New hub set up to help Oxford’s homeless

October 11, 2018 by  

Oxford City Council (OCC) has announced the opening of new facilities for rough sleepers.

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The hub in question is being managed as a pilot scheme at the moment. Aspire Oxford is one of the organisations involved in the project, and Paul Roberts, its chief executive, stated:

“While this funding is temporary, it offers a valuable opportunity to work in partnership with other agencies across the homeless pathway to continue our vital work finding sustainable, long term solutions to tackling the homeless crisis.”

St Mungo’s is going to play an important role at the new hub. The charity intends to use the space located in New Road Baptist Church to engage with homeless individuals. Rough sleepers will be assessed and given relevant advice with regard to housing.

The hope is that the expertise of a housing officer will make a significant difference, and that rough sleepers might be able to benefit from the provision of housing options.

Second in command at OCC, Councillor Linda Smith, would like to eliminate rough sleeping on a local basis. To that end, she hopes to develop an effective partnership working with the outreach staff of St Mungo’s. Funds for the project have been granted by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.