The study investigated the feasibility of Oxfordshire moving to and implementing a housing-led response to homelessness in its county.The study was conducted between January and October 2020, by the independent social research consultancy, Imogen Blood & Associates, with funding and support from Crisis and the Oxfordshire councils.
The research was commissioned to cover the following main elements:
• Construction of an operational model to consult with local stakeholders for the delivery of a housing-led approach across Oxfordshire;
• Consultation and peer research with people with lived experience of homelessness in the area;
• Analysis of the policy and practice implications of the model to understand how it would work across Oxfordshire;
• Analysis on the costs of implementing a new housing-led model and transitional arrangements needed;
• Collaboration with the steering group to advise on research design, findings and implications for operationalising the conclusions from the study.
Recommendations are grouped as long-term fundamental priorities around prevention and housing supply, and shorter-term practical actions in governance, commissioning, case management, and workforce development.