Is coming out still worth it?

Image description: a rainbow flag with the slogan ‘Queer & Proud’ The Albert Kennedy Trust (AKT), the charity for homeless young LGBTQ+ people, recently advised that young people considering coming out to their families should pause their plans as the restrictions in place to combat coronavirus could make a bad coming out experience a whole […]

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The YHA, where some formerly homeless people are being housed.

Oxford University joins City Council effort to house rough sleepers

The Saïd Business School, University College, and Pembroke College, alongside commercial hotels, are partnering with the Oxford City Council to free up 121 rooms to house rough sleepers. In late March, the government told councils it was “imperative” to house rough sleepers. Residents of shelters including O’Hanlon House and the recently opened Floyds Row had […]

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Homelessness lessons from Helsinki

Image description: Helsinki Cathedral at sunset, 2016 This week, I came across a report by The Guardian into Helsinki’s approach to solving homelessness. The report praised the radical approach, named Housing First, taken by Helsinki’s authorities with the intent of solving the homelessness crisis that the city faced. Inevitably, I thought of our city of Oxford […]

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Oxford homelessness crisis: Another man dies after report finds Oxford second worst in the country

A 34-year-old Polish man was admitted to John Radcliffe Hospital last Sunday and died the following day of Sepsis according to Oxford City Council. This follows a spike in deaths this winter, where as many as five people died while homeless in Oxford, between November and February. No more information other than age and nationality […]

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Sixty nine women face eviction after Oxford Uni buys shared accommodation

Image Credit: Tejvan Pettinger Almost 70 women stand to be evicted this Christmas from shared accommodation as a result of Oxford University’s purchase of the building to serve as future graduate accommodation. The property, which is currently Oxford’s only all-female shared housing accommodation, is being sold by Catalyst Housing Group, a charity based in London […]

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On Your Doorstep chair rejects prize

Alex Kumar, chair of the Oxford SU On Your Doorstep homelessness campaign, has rejected a nomination for the Vice-Chancellor’s Social Impact Awards. The awards “recognise students who have demonstrated exceptional achievement in commitment to voluntary and charitable work, and social entrepreneurship”. In a Facebook post, he cited Vice-Chancellor Richardson’s defence of academic freedom for tutors […]

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Greens criticise homelessness fines

Oxford City Council’s latest threats to fine rough sleepers in the city centre have been sharply criticised by the city’s Green councillors. Community Protection Notices were served last Wednesday to people in the city centre with “no fixed abode” requiring the removal of “obstruction on any pavement […] that may constitute a hazard”. The notices […]

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