37,000 people sleeping rough during the pandemic were moved into emergency accommodation, but homelessness still exists. Today we are working harder than ever to give people a home; to find onward long-term accommodation and provide support to overcome the extra challenges COVID has brought about.
It ran from 12:00 PM, 30 November 2021 to 12:00 PM, 7 December 2021
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1107554)
Homelessness is about a need for warmth, safety and belonging - not just housing. Warmth: the move into emergency accommodation offered some people the step up they needed - for many it did not. Longer-term housing was not forthcoming, meaning some people will be back out in the cold. Safety: 1 in 3 homeless women have experienced domestic abuse, with an increase during lockdown. Belonging: there is an uncertain job market and lack of confidence, skills and experience to take the next step.
We tackle immediate needs and root causes of homelessness, delivering critical support that thousands rely on. Warmth: we will continue expanding our housing to ensure people have a place to stay while we help them get back on their feet. Safety: we aim to expand our domestic abuse team, and roll out training to frontline staff to help deliver our life-changing support. Belonging: we will deliver 1-2-1 coaching and employability workshops to build confidence and skills to help access work.
"John has gone through so much this past year. From rough sleeping, to having his very own place, managing to pay bills and persisted and overcame all the hurdles which came his way."
"After rough sleeping, moving into chaotic and insecure temporary accommodation, Oasis Community Housing helped me get my own place and turn it into a lovely home for me and my daughter. The team has been very supportive and have helped in ways unimaginable - I finally got to the end of the cycle!"
“Shona has been such an amazing help with my confidence. The support has helped with my mental health as I’ve been struggling with being stuck in the house. Just a regular ‘how are you today’ text message has made such a difference.”
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