What we do to tackle homelessness

Homelessness prevention funds 2019/20

In 2019/20 we initially budgeted £1.75m of grants and funding allocations to Oxford’s homelessness organisations to fund a wide range of support services. Many of these support services are targeted at early intervention to stop people from becoming homeless.

Funding targeted at helping existing rough sleepers aims to support them through what is known as the homeless pathway. This is the path away from sleeping on the streets:

  • hostels and supported accommodation
  • support services to help with employment, training, or any substance abuse or mental health issues
  • helping people into permanent accommodation and work.

In 2019/20 our core grants are funding the following organisations:

Provider Purpose Proposed allocation 2019/20
Oxfordshire AHP / Oxfordshire CC commissioner Provision of supported housing
Additional £58,000 will be required from 2020/21 in order to maintain our membership of the pooled budget for the adult homeless.
Housing First, Julian Housing, Homeless Oxfordshire Funding for one full time( FTE) Support Worker and 0.5 FTE Peer Support Worker for this specialist housing project. Offers an alternative supported housing model aimed at getting entrenched rough sleepers permanently off the streets. £47,850
NSNO Sit-up Service - O'Hanlon House, Homeless Oxfordshire Funding for 10 additional spaces to help manage the high number of rough sleepers.
Capacity increased in 2018/19 and 2019/20 to 20 spaces as a result of the Council being awarded RSI [Rough Sleeping Initiative] funding.
Acacia existing x 5, Response Funding for 5 units of specialist supported housing for people with complex needs. The Acacia Project builds on the Housing First model and has developed as a result of recognition by housing and mental health service commissioners of an increasing number of people who “fall between the gaps” of mental health services and homelessness services, getting ineffective support from either or both due to their needs. £47,850
Acacia additional units – pending, Response Funding was allocated from reserves in 2016/17 to fund the expansion of the Acacia project by 5 additional units of specialist supported housing units for people with complex needs. A new combined Acacia / Housing First Service will be commissioned to deliver a total of 15 units of accommodation from 1st April 2019. £59,750
Project 41, Homeless Oxfordshire Funding for 41 units of supported accommodation for rough sleepers and single homeless people with a connection to the City of Oxford. Provision for medium to low support needs with a focus on support to enable residents to move on to and sustain independent accommodation. £150,000
SIMON HOUSE - Transitional service, A2Dominion Funding for a transitional service of up to 22 units of supported accommodation at Simon House for people with complex needs and a connection to Oxford City for Q1 2019/20. £50,000
RYMERS LANE - Transitional service, A2Dominion Funding for 22 units of supported accommodation for people with complex needs and 15 units move on accommodation. The new facility for rough sleepers and single homeless people at Rymer’s Lane in Cowley is due to open Q2 2019/20 £168,750
Mayday Trust Funding for 10 units of supported accommodation for people with complex needs, in dispersed locations. This allocation will retain these units of supported accommodation for rough sleepers and single homeless people which would otherwise have closed as a result of County Council funding cuts. £39,272
Severe Weather Beds – various including Homeless Oxfordshire, St Mungo's, Aspire, A2Dominion Funding to provide emergency beds in periods of severe weather to all rough sleepers who need them. £30,000
Street Outreach and Single Homeless Service, St Mungo's Funding for a team of 9 FTE to deliver an assertive outreach, reconnection, personalisation and advice service for rough sleepers and single homeless people. The team helps rough sleepers to access suitable accommodation and support in the City, Oxfordshire and elsewhere with the aim of reducing the number of people who spend a second night on the street, live on or return to the streets. Capacity increased in 2018/19 and 2019/20 as a result of the Council being awarded RSI [Rough Sleeping Initiative] funding. £350,893
Thames Valley Police (TVP) Funding for TVP City Centre Unit to provide targeted support to reduce rough sleeping through outreach, enforcement, tackling begging and anti-social behaviour. TVP City Centre Unit has a dedicated police constable for the purpose of this work. £30,000
City Centre Ambassadors, Oxford City Council The City Centre Ambassadors provide a visible presence within Oxford City Centre. They assist people with enquiries, liaise with businesses to keep the city centre clean and litter free, and work closely with the police to spot and deter anti-social behaviour. They engage with homeless people, referring them into the appropriate support services. . £17,500
Tenancy Sustainment Officer, Elmore Community Services Funding for 1 FTE specialist sustainment officer to support residents in Oxford City Council accommodation to maintain their tenancies. £35,630
Welfare Reform Outreach Team, Oxford City Council Funding contributes towards the work of the team focused on mitigating the impact of welfare reform across the City. £82,000
Oxford City Council Funding provided for a post in the Anti-Social Behaviour Team to support victims of domestic abuse and enable them to stay in their own homes. £30,000
O'Hanlon House Day Centre, Homeless Oxfordshire Funding for provision of day services – showers and laundry facilities as well as breakfast and lunch and any other activities taking place – for individuals rough sleeping in the City and working with outreach services to access suitable accommodation. £82,778
Gatehouse Café, Gatehouse Core funding for the Gatehouse café to support and engage hard-to-reach clients to access accommodation and specialist support. £5,580
The Porch Day Centre, The Porch Core funding for The Porch (formerly known as Steppin’ Stone) daycentre to support rough sleepers and those vulnerably housed through a range of activities, training and education and where appropriate sign post clients to more appropriate services. £55,000
Aspire, Oxford Funding for two FTE Education, Training and Employment workers to provide training and employment opportunities for homeless and/or vulnerably housed individuals in Oxford. £77,623
Emmaus Funding for Emmaus to provide accommodation in their community and work opportunities in their second-hand furniture social enterprise, tapering to £0 in 2020/21 when the business is expected to be financially self-sustaining. £5,000
The Big Issue Foundation The Big Issue Foundation was previously funded to support Big Issue sellers into accommodation and into sustainable work opportunities. However, service performance has been unsatisfactory and these objectives have not been achieved. It is felt that this has been due to a lack of alignment between the Service and the City Council’s aim to move people off the street and away from vending the magazine longer term. £3,125
Oxfordshire County Council Funding provides one emergency bed within the Young Person’s pathway for use by Oxford city. £6,134
Oxford City Council Funding contribution towards the Council’s Rough Sleeping and Single Homelessness Team. £120,000
Real Systems Core funding to maintain web-based database management system that collates data and provides monitoring reports on rough sleeping. The forecast spend for this areas is £6,893 due to the need to ensure that provider’s operational staff are able to access the system, deliver training in how to use the system and developments to improve the quality of data and reporting capability £5,272
(TBC) For the development and delivery of a programme of networking, learning and development for commissioned service providers’ staff and others as appropriate £5,000
(TBC) To support former rough sleepers to access the Council’s leisure facilities free of charge. £5,000
(TBC Funding put aside for in-year changes to committed allocations £1,587