"Homes4All"1 and the Oxford Green Party are today excited to announced the launch of a new project in Oxford to convert double-decker buses into mobile homeless shelters.
Deborah Robson-Grey - co-founder of Homes4All, who has personal experience of this escalating issue says " The levels of rough sleeping in Oxford are heart-breaking to witness, but there are solutions out there that can help. Converting old buses into mobile homeless shelters has been a big success in Reading & elsewhere this year, and we can see it working here in Oxford"
The project is backed by the Green Party who have offered their networks to help secure funding and project volunteers.
David Thomas, leader of the Green Group on Oxford City Council says " This project is immensely exciting, and it couldn't be coming at a better time. Not only could it provide vital accommodation just as winter sets it, but the homeless community themselves will play a key role in refurbishing and managing the buses. Everyone in Oxford should be getting behind this project to make it a success."
Neo - who currently sleeps rough in the city centre and has been key to bringing the project to Oxford says " This project's important because it'll show how the homeless community can help itself, if given the chance "
The plan to re-use buses as homeless accommodation follows on from Oxford City Council's decision to keep Lucy Faithful Hostel closed this winter, plus the failure by the City to find any empty buildings to use as temporary homeless accommodation.
 Homes4All is a community-led action group of individuals who came together to address the growing problem of all types of homelessness in their seemingly affluent area of Oxfordshire.
For further Information:
- Neo. Rough Sleeping Community Representative.
- Deborah Robson-Grey. Homes4All 07500818957 or Kym-Marie Cleasby 07798832911
- David Thomas. Oxford Green Party. 07792 527 421