Oxford City Council has secured 124 rooms of interim housing for the next year, meaning that homeless people won’t have to return to the street. The Covid-19 rough sleeping task force had provided accommodation in the wake of the pandemic.
“The lockdown period gave us a unique opportunity to engage with people in emergency accommodation,” says Councillor Mike Rowley, cabinet member for affordable housing and housing the homeless. “For many of them, the certainty of a safe bed gave the bit of stability they needed to start having conversations about leaving the streets behind for good. We’ve already helped 76 people to move on into more sustainable housing, and this is something we want to keep doing.”
The taskforce also intends to provide accommodation and support for people who become homeless over the coming months.