Street Homelessness and Rough Sleeping

We are committed to reducing the number of individuals sleeping rough. Rough sleeping in the city has reduced over the long term, but it remains an issue and is therefore a priority for us.

In Oxford, rough sleeping is tackled in a number of different ways and we commission a number of services to deliver:

  • An outreach service
  • Day centres, where clients are motivated and encouraged to engage in meaningful occupation and work towards addressing their support needs
  • Education, training and employment opportunities for people who have a history of homelessness
  • A wide range of appropriate, flexible and innovative projects
  • Maintain a Survival Guide for Homeless People

For more information about what services we fund during the financial year 2017/18 and what they do, see City Executive Board report, Allocation of Homelessness Prevention Funds in 2017/18.

Key Information

Our information document below provides answers to some of the common questions we receive from the public and other interested parties about street homelessness in Oxford.

Street Homelessness Information Sheet (PDF)

Street Counts 

We carry out street counts regularly. The last official count took place in November 2016 when 33 rough sleepers were counted. Official street counts take place once per year and this is the figure that is reported nationally. We conduct all our counts according to national guidance.

Working in Partnership 

We cannot tackle rough sleeping and its associated issues alone so we work in close partnership with a wide range of voluntary sector agencies and statutory partners such as Oxfordshire County Council, Oxford Health, Thames Valley Police and drug and alcohol services.

What you can do

If you have concerns about someone sleeping rough, contact Oxford SPOT to let them know.