Housing First

We're working with Soha Housing and South Oxfordshire District Council to deliver Housing First projects in Cherwell, West Oxfordshire and South Oxfordshire, offering intensive support to individuals with experience of rough sleeping.

This collaborative partnership project is the first of its kind in Oxfordshire, and we're very proud to be part of this innovative approach to housing that provides specialist, wrap-around support based on each individual's needs.

Originally launched in South Oxfordshire, funding from Nationwide supported us to expand this project into West Oxfordshire, with subsequent extension into Cherwell and the Cotswolds from late 2020.

What is the Housing First approach?

Housing First is an evidence-based approach to successfully supporting people experiencing homelessness with high needs and histories of entrenched or repeat homelessness to live in their own homes.

By providing a stable, independent home alongside intensive personalised support from the start, we aim to provide a stable platform from which other issues can be addressed, and needs met. Under the Housing First approach, housing is a matter of right - and not a reward.

I have been in my own flat for nearly three weeks now and I love it. When I split up with my partner I became homeless and I was worried, scared and lonely. I didn’t have to wait long to get my own place to live with Housing First, and that first night was like heaven. The support I have received has been brilliant!

Heidi, Housing First project participant

Get in touch

To find out more about Aspire's Housing First projects, please contact Bhavan (Boo) Sagoo-Davies, Housing First project lead.

If you need help today, please download a referral form and send it via email to [email protected].