House for homeless people to open its doors

A newly refurbished house to provide emergency accommodation for homeless people in West Oxfordshire opened today (28 March), with a special house warming party.

The property in Horse Fair, Chipping Norton has been converted into a five bedroomed hostel with shared lounge, kitchen and several bath and shower rooms and also has a self-contained basement flat and a garden area.

The move is designed to help prevent residents from being forced to move into bed and breakfast accommodation outside the District while a suitable longer term property is found.

This will not only be of benefit to the local people who can remain in the area until permanent housing can be arranged, it will also save West Oxfordshire District Council the cost of placing homeless people in hotels and bed and breakfast accommodation in towns and cities outside the county.

Chauncy Seed, the Council’s Housing Property Manager said:  “We are delighted we are now able to open this fantastic specially renovated facility which we will call Horse Fair House. The Council generally has about five households in emergency accommodation at any one time with occupation averaging 28 days so as a result, the property is expected to be fully occupied at all times.”

She added: “We want to thank everyone who has helped see this project through so we’re holding a small celebration for them in the form of a house warming, to mark the completion of the building. Guests will be given a tour of the property and hear what it means to the tenants who will be moving in the following day. ”

West Oxfordshire District Council
New Yatt Road
OX28 1PB