Soha Housing has signed up to a Charter pledging to help prevent rough sleeping on the streets of Oxfordshire.
Oxfordshire Homeless Movement's (OHM) Rough Sleeping Charter articulates a call to action by the public sector, charities, faith and community groups, businesses and individuals to partner with the Movement in ending rough sleeping.
The Charter's guiding principles reflect the crucial coupling of safe accommodation with long-term support to stay off the street. This can include making opportunities for social and leisure activities alongside those for work, training and volunteering. The Charter pledges to ensure that people with lived experience of homelessness should have a voice and a say in finding the answers to their own issues.
Kate Wareing, Chief Executive of Soha and a member of the OHM Steering Group, said “Soha is committed to playing our full part to end homelessness. Oxfordshire Homeless Movement brings together the partners who, together, can make ending homelessness in Oxfordshire a reality”.
Soha has just embarked on a second phase of its housing-led approach to homelessness. The Housing First pilot - in which a secure tenancy goes hand in hand with intensive support - started in 2019 and each of those tenancies has been maintained with the residents achieving personal milestones such as rebuilding links with families, starting their own business, or learning new skills.
Soha is also key to one of OHM's priority projects assisting homeless people with no recourse to public funds (NRPF) due to their immigration status. The first group of OHM's six NRPF clients will be housed - at a small rent - in accommodation provided by Soha.