Housing Projects

In Oxfordshire, there is a critical lack of suitable move-on housing for people affected by homelessness and rough sleeping.  Aspire are working with housing associations and other partners to provide innovative responses to Oxfordshire's housing and homelessness crisis, including the Housing First approach.

About Aspire's Housing Projects:

Housing First

Aspire are delighted to be working in partnership with Soha Housing and South Oxfordshire District Council (SODC) to deliver a Housing First project in South Oxfordshire. This project is being jointly funded by Soha Housing and SODC, with Aspire providing the specialist, wrap around support to help former rough sleepers rebuild their lives. We're very proud to be part of this innovative approach to housing by providing intensive support that is based on each individual's needs. This collaborative, partnership project is the first of its kind in Oxfordshire and we will be expanding this approach with other housing associations in 2020.

Our House

From April 2020, Aspire will be working in collaboration with Cottsway Housing and West Oxfordshire District Council to deliver the ‘Our House’ community housing project. Based in Witney, this innovative project provides personalised employment and independent living support for single under-35s who are on out-of-work benefits across West Oxfordshire, by taking larger properties and turning them into shared accommodation.

The 'Our House' project provides housemates with:

  • Their own room in a shared house for a low rent (this includes bills) and the use of a communal kitchen and computer
  • Support with access to training and apprenticeships to help them get back into work
  • A dedicated support worker to help them to set their job goals, get ‘work ready’ and pursue recruitment opportunities
  • Access to Aspire's enterprise businesses, building experience and skills in grounds and property maintenance across Oxfordshire

Register for 'Our House' by completing the Aspire referral form and returning it to [email protected].

Supported housing

In 2018, Aspire also launched our first housing project alongside A2Dominion and Oxford City Council to manage a six bed property for rough sleepers who can't usually access local homeless services. We were also able to provide them with specialist employment and access to work experience, with the aim of supporting people to move on into sustainable jobs and housing. In September 2019 we were delighted to receive funding to provide supported housing for ex-offenders, providing them with the holistic support they need to move forward with their lives. As of August 2020, we are excited to be bringing online and refurbishing empty residential properties in central Oxford to provide much needed, supported move-on accommodation for adults experiencing homelessness.

Will’s story

When Will first came to Aspire he had been sleeping under a bridge in Oxford for 6 years and had little hope for his situation changing. We have been able to support Will to find safe housing into our new 6 bed accommodation as well as giving him the specialist help and advice he needs to leave homelessness behind him for good.

Will has already started to gain some work experience and develop his skills by going out with Aspire's enterprise teams. Engaging with Aspire has helped Will gain some stability and structure in his life, and he will be supported to move towards employment and long term housing.

I am very grateful for Aspire, they have given me new hope and my future looks a lot brighter!

Aspire are rapidly expanding our homeless relief initiatives, working with others to use bold and innovative approaches to achieve lasting change. If you would like to speak to us about any of our housing and homelessness projects, or discuss how we could work with your organisation to expand our impact tackling the homeless crisis in Oxfordshire, please contact Paul Reid, Head of Homelessness Programmes.

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