New £3.7m development to support people experiencing homelessness opens in Oxford

Published: Thursday, 12th September 2019

Oxford City Council and A2Dominion are pleased to announce Matilda House in Rymers Lane, Cowley is now open to provide support, specialised services and shelter for homeless people in Oxford.

Accommodation

Matilda House will provide accommodation for 37 residents and is designed to give homeless people access to the support they need to go on to lead fulfilling lives.

The accommodation is made up of two elements. One is a short-term facility that provides support for 22 homeless people with complex needs, moving them away from the streets and preparing them to sustain independent living.

The other is a move-on facility that provides employment and training focused support for 15 people who are progressing from the adult homeless pathway to support them into fully independent living.

All the units have en-suite bathroom facilities arranged in clusters with shared kitchen facilities.

Support services

Commissioned by Oxford City Council, A2Dominion’s Care & Support team will be providing support services at Matilda House. A2Dominion also runs four direct services for young homeless people across other local authorities.

The first 22 residents moved to Matilda House from Simon House last week.

Reaction

“Matilda House is just one example of the commitment we have made to be a positive part of the communities that we operate in. We have been providing support services in Oxford for a number of years and Matilda House is a natural extension of our work.

“We hope that Matilda House will be vital to supporting some of the most vulnerable people in Oxford and we are delighted that we have not only developed the accommodation but will also be providing the care and support services for its residents.”

Pam Vasir, A2Dominon’s director of supported housing

Matilda House forms a part of Oxford City Council’s wider strategy to find solutions for homelessness in the city as the council believes that nobody should have to sleep rough in Oxford.

"The council commissioned A2Dominion to run Matilda House and I’m really pleased it’s now open and the first residents have moved in.

“Pooled budget arrangements with the NHS and other Oxfordshire councils and our own funding mean there are more than 200 beds available for people experiencing homelessness in Oxford. But it takes more than a roof to end homelessness and Matilda House will provide the holistic support that people need to leave the streets behind and rebuild their lives.”

Councillor Linda Smith, deputy leader and cabinet member for leisure and housing

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