Efforts to support people rough sleeping are being stepped up with the production of a new Homeless Pocket Guide.
Cllr John Donaldson, Cherwell’s lead member for housing, said: “We are here to let the vulnerable know that there is a safety net to prevent them from sleeping rough.”
Key topics covered include how to get help in an emergency, how and where to claim benefits, what housing opportunities are available and where to get support with employment and training opportunities.
The guide also advises readers where they can gain health advice and support for addiction.
Oxfordshire has adopted the Government recommended ‘No Second Night Out’ approach with preference for the emergency beds given to those verified as rough sleeping.
Cherwell funds the Connection Outreach Services to verify any rough sleepers in the district. Connection makes all the necessary assessments and referrals to assist individuals to access accommodation provided in the Single Homeless Pathway.
In Oxford there are purpose-built hostel and medical services available for single homeless people, who may often have complex support needs.
In Cherwell, the council is also providing more single accommodation when people are ready to manage their own tenancy.
Copies of the guide are available from council offices and can be downloaded from www.cherwell.gov.uk/roughsleepers.