Alongside our signposting and convening role, OHM has an impact by filling the critical gaps in homelessness provision that others cannot. As part of this, we always work in partnership, meaning that we have the best team for the job. We won’t initiate a project where one of our many partners is already providing a service.
We are proud of the impact we are making through the following activities.
Supporting people with nowhere else to turn
OHM’s flagship project supports people experiencing homelessness who have no recourse to public funds (NRPF), meaning they have lost or don’t have access to state-funded benefits and housing. It is a last resort to help them move on from the trauma of homelessness and lead productive lives in Oxfordshire. Find out more
Giving a voice to those who understand homelessness
The Lived Experience Advisory Forum (LEAF) is an initiative that makes homeless provision in Oxfordshire more effective by consulting people with lived experience. LEAF was initiated by OHM and is now being funded thanks to generous donations from local businesses and the public. Ten members contribute their recent experience of being homeless in Oxfordshire. Find out more
Bringing people inside during the pandemic
When COVID-19 hit, a Government mandate meant that anyone sleeping rough had to be brought inside, and local hotels and youth hostels were made available for this. OHM’s partners supported the City Council to make this happen overnight, and then secure interim housing. Find out more
Creating long-term solutions post-pandemic
OHM funded two projects to help homeless and vulnerably housed people transition successfully from emergency COVID-19 accommodation to an independent life in their own long-term, self-supported housing. The projects by Aspire and ACT also give support to tackle addictions and mental health issues, manage finances and gain work experience. Find out more
Making houses into homes
OHM has been working closely with grassroots community organisations to bring home comforts into accommodation provided by councils, so that people are not moving into an empty shell where they don’t feel comfortable staying. This ranges from furniture and white goods to cushions and decorations. Find out more
Influencing local policy
OHM worked closely with Crisis to contribute towards a feasibility study into adopting a housing-led approach to ending and preventing homelessness in Oxfordshire, such as that practised during the pandemic. The study drew on OHM’s Lived Experience Advisory Forum and has resulted in a new partnership agreement signed by all six local councils with a commitment to housing-led policy. Find out more