What is homelessness?

Homelessness is having no secure form of housing.

It is not just people who sleep rough, but those in temporary accommodation or sleeping on the sofa of a friend. It can happen to anyone but is much more likely for those who have already experienced poverty as they have no resources to fall back on.

The causes are wide ranging and often complex.

There is statutory help available for some categories of homeless people (those with young families, for example), but the majority of people who cannot access such assistance are single homeless adults.

St Mungo's is the Oxford City Council's outreach team. It works with people who are homeless, assessing their needs, advising them of their options and generally looking out for their wellbeing.

If you are concerned about somebody who appears to be homeless, please call 0300 500 0914, or check the website