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Campaign to help rough sleepers in Oxford

  • 1 July 2012
  • From the section Oxford

A campaign to ensure no-one spends more than one night sleeping rough in Oxford is being launched by the city council.

From Monday council officers will be out on the streets helping rough sleepers return home or to one of the city's three hostels.

By the end of the year, they hope to have no rough sleeper spending more than one night on the streets before being offeed help and advice.

Lucy Faithfull House, O'Hanlon House and Simon House can provide beds.

'Feel passionate'

Mark McPherson, from Homeless Link, said: "Every night, someone sleeps rough for the first time.

"We know that the longer they stay out, the worse their problems can get and the harder they can be to overcome.

"A life on the streets can lead to substance misuse, crime and serious physical or mental health problems."

Councillor Scott Seamons said: "We feel passionate about ending rough sleeping by this year.

"However this can only be achieved with the help of our local partners and the general public.

"Officers will be identifying and helping rough sleepers off the streets and either reconnecting them to their own community or providing them with assistance within the city."

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