Oxford grant to reduce rough sleepers

A scheme to prevent homeless people in Oxford spending any more than one night on the street has been given a £235,000 grant by the city council.

The No Second Night Out project is being administered by the London-based homelessness charity Broadway.

It has teams out in Oxford every day helping homeless people access council services to get them off the street.

Spokesman Joe Batty said the charity also worked to reconnect them to their home area.

Early intervention

He said: "Study after study proves that if people are sleeping out for around three weeks or longer they become entrenched in that lifestyle."

The charity hopes that early intervention will cut numbers.

He said audits show that on any one night in Oxford there are about 15 people sleeping rough.

The city has a revolving population of about 40 homeless people over a three month period, he added.

The scheme has six dedicated beds at Oxford's homeless shelter, O'Hanlon House, and has streamlined the assessment of things like benefits for the people on the streets.

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