The Acacia Project provides a small number of dispersed units of supported accommodation for individuals with a local connection to Oxford City who are chronically homeless.
These clients may be chronic returners to homeless services or who have struggled to manage within a hostel type environment. Acacia’s purpose is to support clients who have multiple complex needs and or dual diagnosis, whose mental ill health is the primary presenting need.
The project takes a trauma informed approach; understanding individuals can experience trauma, which has a lasting impact on wellbeing, from events experienced as physically or emotionally harmful. Support needs such as substance misuse and mental ill health can be framed as signs and symptoms of trauma.
Acacia Project aims to tackle and reduce rough sleeping by providing specialist supported accommodation, individually targeted to people for whom the existing mental health and homeless pathway accommodation services have not resulted in positive outcomes. A personalised client-centred approach will be taken to support provision over the two year length of stay including support to move on to appropriate accommodation.