Oxfordshire’s Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021-26

The Oxfordshire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 – 2026 has been developed for Oxfordshire.  Consultation on the draft strategy was conducted during March 2021 where the views of a range of stakeholders were gathered. 

The Oxfordshire Homelessness and Rough Sleeping Strategy 2021 – 2026 has now been agreed.  The final strategy is published below, together with the Action Plan and the Consultation Report.

How the Rough Sleeping and Homelessness Strategy has changed post consultation.

Context and key issues

The Strategy was largely very well received as noted in the consultation report “The survey responses highlighted that there is strong overall support for the draft strategy’s vision, principles, priorities and action plan.”  The most significant issues raised were:

  • achievability with the available budget;
  • whether the approach included young people and families;
  • whether a common allocations policy across the housing authorities was the best way forward;
  • the gatekeeping approach perceived by homeless people;
  • whether the action plan would deliver and whether it develop over time.

Achievability with the available budget

The concern about budget is reflected in the addition to the Strategy that:

Senior leaders across the system will seek to influence and lobby national policy and longer-term funding developments across MHCLG, Dept of Health, MOJ

Whether the approach included young people

The Strategy has been clarified to note that:

The focus of this strategy is on rough sleeping and single homelessness including couples without dependants.  There will be close working and connection across to the work on families, young people, people with mental health issues and people experiencing domestic abuse.

Whether a common allocations policy across the housing authorities was the best way forward

While there is a strong will across all the Oxfordshire housing authorities to ensure that this Strategy works and strong co-working on a range of initiatives, it is not considered that a common allocations policy is the right focus for delivery of this Strategy.

The gatekeeping approach perceived by homeless people

The Strategy now states:

We avoid ‘gatekeeping’ in the delivery of services.

Whether the action plan would deliver and whether it develop over time

It is now made explicit in the Strategy that the action plan will develop over time and be kept under review.  The final action plan attached to the Strategy has been developed in line with comments made in the consultation and the ongoing progress made in the workstreams.

Timeline

  • Opened
    7 Jan 2021 at 00:00
  • Closed
    3 Mar 2021 at 23:59

Details

Contact Name Lynn Smith
Contact Email Address lynn.smith@oxfordshire.gov.uk
Contact Phone Number 07881311687
Contact Postal Address County Hall
New Road
Oxford
OX1 1ND

Target Audience
  • Oxfordshire residents
  • Public sector organisations
  • Voluntary organisations and community groups
Geographical Area
  • Banbury
  • Bicester
  • Kidlington and Yarnton
  • Oxford City
  • Benson, Berinsfield and Wallingford
  • Chalgrove, Thame Watlington and Wheatley
  • Goring and Henley
  • Didcot
  • Abingdon
  • Faringdon
  • Grove and Wantage
  • Burford and Carterton
  • Charlbury, Chipping Norton and Woodstock
  • Witney