Rough sleepers in Oxford will be able to access more support for problems with drug and alcohol use thanks to £584k of new funding.

A Government grant awarded to Oxfordshire County Council will allow it to provide more support for 'problematic drug and alcohol use' among rough sleepers in Oxford.

This will be provided through Turning Point and arranged in partnership with Oxford City Council and the NHS.

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Lawrie Stratford, Oxfordshire County Council’s lead member for adult social care, said: “We’re delighted to be in receipt of this grant, which will be used to support people who experience homelessness and rough sleeping and are affected by either drug or alcohol use or both.

"The support will be offered to those who were provided with emergency accommodation during the pandemic.

Oxford City has received £584k from the grant fund, and additional funding will be available in future years.

Mike Rowley, Oxford City Council's cabinet member housing the homeless, said: “It takes more than a roof to end homelessness and the right support is essential to help people leave the experience of rough sleeping behind for good.

"Research published last month showed that 60 per cent of people experiencing rough sleeping have a substance misuse need and this funding will be vital in meeting that need and helping people access other support services."

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