Housing Projects

In Oxfordshire, there is a critical lack of suitable move-on housing for people affected by homelessness. The existing homeless pathway is full, with a growing waiting list. 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.

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.

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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