Oxford faces huge housing challenges and tackling them is a top priority for Oxford City Council. The high demand for housing and limited supply of it creates significant affordability issues which impact upon both Oxford’s residents and local businesses, causing increasing hardship for some people and threatening the local economy.
The Homelessness Act 2002 requires the Council to have a strategy in place that sets out its vision for housing and how it will prevent and tackle homelessness and meet housing needs across the city. This Strategy combines and replaces the City Council’s Housing Strategy 2015-18, Homelessness Strategy 2013-18 and Empty Property Strategy 2013-18.
The strategy aims to help customers and stakeholders to understand what the Council is trying to achieve and how it intends to work with a broad range of partners to deliver innovative approaches, take necessary actions and make real change.