Homes4All are delighted to announce they will be opening a temporary homeless hostel and shop for donations in Oxford City Centre this week. Homes4All trustee, Kym-Marie Cleasby, says, "We were thrilled last week when LUSH approached us to say we could use their old business premises on Cornmarket Street until their lease runs out at the end of January next year".
She adds " This is really going to happen. The hostel on Cornmarket will act as a stop-gap until we raise enough funds to convert our first bus into a shelter. The old Lush shop will help us raise funds to do that. We're now putting out an urgent call to businesses and the public to help us decorate and fit-out the building ready for use.
Members of the public wanting to help with the opening of the new homeless hostel can find a list of requests from Home4All at https://www.facebook.com/groups/1184080274979486/ or search for Homes4All.
David Thomas, Leader of the Green Group on Oxford City Council adds " This is a wonderful turn of events. Two weeks ago our Labour-run council refused to fund Homes4All's idea of converting buses into homeless shelters to help those with no local connection. Now, with one of the coldest winters in a decade upon us, Home4All have come up with an alternative and I'm calling on Labour this time to get behind rather than undermine Homes4All's efforts. We're going to see people get off the streets and move on with their lives"
Neo, homelessness campaigner and member of Oxford's rough sleeping community says " Helping rough sleepers with no local connection remains a blind spot for Oxford City Council. Homes4All is showing what can be done when you run projects that work in partnership with rough sleepers rather than simply hassling them to move out of the area"
Kym-Marie Cleasby Homes4All 07798832911 or 01993 622511
Cllr David Thomas 07792 527421
Neo 07936 030842