Our history


New homeless pathway contracts start in February. O’Hanlon House becomes an Assessment Centre and takes over the Pathway Coordination role for Oxfordshire. Julian Housing’s “core” housing becomes Progression Housing, with a reduced length of stay and new staffing model. Vineyard continues as before, though with reduced length of stay and support for a rough sleeper emergency bed.

Acacia - a new service for clients with multiple and complex needs is founded in partnership with Response Organisation at Julian Housing.


Oxford Homeless Pathways is awarded new contracts through competitive tendering process, due to start in February 2016, as part of the new homeless pathway for Oxfordshire.

Not Just Homeless, a film made by and with homeless people is made in partnership with Aspire. It is screened to great acclaim at Ultimate Picture Palace and The Old Fire Station.

Sapling is launched at Julian Housing – “step down” post-treatment project for substance misusers, using a recovery-based model of supported accommodation.


Julian Housing creates Compass – accommodation for ex-offenders, taking over an existing project and revamping it. Support to residents is provided in partnership with Connection Floating Support.

Oxford Homeless Medical Fund is given a Big Society Award for our PATHS project.

Housing First is launched at Julian Housing – a bold new project to house entrenched rough sleepers straight from the street.


No Second Night Out is launched at O’Hanlon House – a new way of prioritising and fast-tracking rough sleepers off the streets.

Julian Housing takes over the running of Vineyard, an Abingdon-based project providing 13 self-contained flats for homeless people in South Oxfordshire and the Vale of White Horse.

The age range of Oxford Homeless Pathways changes to support anyone aged 22+ (previously 25 and over).


O'Hanlon HouseThe interior of O'Hanlon House

We celebrate 25 years since Oxford Night Shelter was first registered as a charity. We estimate that, over the years, the organisation has supported more than 14,000 individuals.


Julian Housing moves to new, self-contained offices in Crown House on the Cowley Road, with interview rooms and a training room.

Seven of Julian Housing’s properties are refurbished to create extra bathroom facilities and self-contained units.

Julian Housing acquires Edith Kempson House – eight self-contained flats for formerly homeless people who are starting back into employment.


To reflect the range of services provided by the organisation, Oxford Night Shelter changes its name to Oxford Homeless Pathways (OxHoP). OxHoP oversees O'Hanlon House, Julian Housing and Oxford Homeless Medical Fund, and manages the finances of Oxford Sleep Out and Oxford Cooperative Training Scheme.

Julian Housing takes on more houses to answer the needs of an expanded contract from Supporting People and Oxford City Council. Plans are put in place to refurbish properties, adding much needed extra WC and shower facilities. Julian Housing's second stage housing team moves into larger offices.


We introduce structured programmes for training, education and activities, and encourage greater participation from clients. Structured support planning is part of everyday life for all.

Oxford Homeless Medical Fund (OHMF), which created and continues to support Luther Street Medical Centre, merges with Oxford Homeless Pathways (then known as Oxford Night Shelter). OHMF continues to raise money for the benefit of patients of the medical centre under our auspice.

Julian Housing expands to 13 houses, with the second stage housing team expanding proportionally.


O'Hanlon HouseThe interior of O'Hanlon House

We move into the newly built O'Hanlon House, now a 24-hour service. Nearly all the Emergency Accommodation bedrooms are single, with ensuite shower and toilet facilities. The building has communal areas for Day Services including interviews, training, education, activities and recreation. There is a separate room for drinking alcohol (the ‘wet’ room). A dedicated Resettlement Floor is provided for clients who can benefit from more in-depth work on their issues.


Julian Housing expands to 12 houses and opened the Botley Road Project specifically for clients who have undergone a substance misuse treatment programme.


The demolished old buidling

The old Night Shelter building in Luther Street is demolished and O'Hanlon House is built on the same site with funding from the Housing Corporation and Oxford City Council. During the building process, staff and clients moved to portacabins nearby. Upon completion, we manage O'Hanlon House on behalf of Stonham (Home Group).


Several houses are leased from private landlords and Julian Housing is created. Julian Housing provides much-needed second stage housing for clients to move on to, with the help and assistance of a dedicated second stage housing team based in one of the houses.

1988 - 2001

Over the years, services are expanded and improved, including:

  • A small team to run our separate Resettlement Floor.
  • Day Services were initially run during cold weather and at weekends, and are now available on a daily basis.
  • A separate 'wet' room where clients can drink alcohol.

1985 - 1988

Old school buildingClassrooms used as dormitories

Oxford Homeless Pathways starts out life as Oxford Night Shelter, providing overnight emergency accommodation. Initially, the organisation is based in a shabby old school building on the site that O'Hanlon House now occupies in Luther Street.

Classrooms were used as dormitories, with up to 12 people in each room. Facilities were limited, but in spite of this staff did their best to ensure that clients were given a warm welcome, food, washing facilities and as much support as possible.