Edith Kempson House

Edith Kempson House consists of eight self-contained flats for formerly homeless people aged 18+ who have recently returned to employment.

I feel like I’ve got back my independence. I can also have my daughter to stay now and it’s helping our relationship.

Edith Kempson House resident

The purpose of the scheme is to help bridge the difficult transition period experienced by long-term unemployed people when returning to work. The rent level of the flats is set to reflect social housing properties and all bills are paid by the tenant.

Support is provided by a dedicated worker during weekdays, at flexible times to suit the working hours of residents, with out-of-hours on call. The support worker helps residents to address any problems that arise, and to establish and achieve longer-term goals.

Residents can stay for a maximum of 6-9 months. Typical options for moving on include the Private Rented Sector, social housing (Council or Housing Association) or other, more specialist supported housing if necessary. Due to the lack of affordable housing options in Oxfordshire, move to other parts of the region are facilitated and encouraged.

Couples are accepted, and residents may have their children to stay by arrangement.

Referrals are from the Julian Housing’s Keeva Houses project, or from Oxford SPOT.