For the first time since 2013 both Vale of White Horse and South Oxfordshire districts recorded zero rough sleepers on December 31, 2021.

Every year the district councils housing needs team helps prevent hundreds of households from becoming homeless or rough sleeping

The two councils say they are committed to ending rough sleeping in the districts. The team uses targeted prevention and early intervention measures to help people at risk avoid homelessness. Each year this translates into preventing hundreds of households from becoming homeless or rough sleeping.

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While the team aims for prevention and early intervention to help people who are at risk avoid homelessness, at the end of 2021 the housing needs team focused on a small number of entrenched rough sleepers with complex needs, people who had physical and mental health issues and had previously refused help. Working with partner agencies, the team found them appropriate and sustainable support and accommodation.

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