Homeless or at risk

We want to prevent you becoming homeless in the first instance so it's important you contact the housing team for advice on your housing situation. A housing officer will provide advice and support and where possible prevent you from losing your home.

Our homelessness service is an emergency service, and we have a duty to only help those people who meet strict criteria. See our Help with Homelessness guide (1.2 MB) PDF to see if you're eligible for help.

If you're under 18 and having serious problems at home which make it dangerous or impossible to stay there, contact the Childrens and Family team through Social Services on 01865 897987.

If you're a victim of domestic violence (397.5 KB) PDF , contact Oxfordshire Domestic Abuse service on 0800 731 0055, to find a refuge call 0808 2000 246 for advice; male victims should contact the Men's Advice Line This link will take you to an external website... . Reducing the risk for domestic abuse This link will take you to an external website... provides further information and advice.

Advice for those not eligible for homeless service?

  • stay with friends or family and save for a deposit for privately rented housing
  • contact your local JobCentrePlus or look at gov.uk GOV.UK This link will take you to an external website...  to check you're getting all the benefits you're entitled to
  • if you're struggling with debt, speak to a debt adviser 
  • apply to the Housing Register, though it can take a long time to access social housing, depending on your circumstances 
  • if you're sleeping rough - or you're concerned about someone who is - contact Street Link This link will take you to an external website... , who provide access to local services and support
  • if you are rough sleeping in South Oxfordshire the council can refer you to Connections Outreach service who will try and help you resolve your rough sleeping this may be through accessing a hostel

Where else can I find advice?

Shelter This link will take you to an external website...  can provide advice on housing and homelessness.

Last reviewed: 06 - 02 - 2017

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