Tell Wadham College to do the right thing for homeless people this winter
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On one of the coldest nights of the year a group legally occupied an empty building owned by Oxford University's Wadham College to provide secure shelter and basic amenities for people sleeping rough on Oxford's streets.
Wadham and leaseholders Midcounties Co-op now want to throw the homeless people staying in the building back onto the streets!
The building, which has been empty for two years was opened on New Year's Eve as 'Iffley Open House' a shelter run together with rough sleepers and homeless people to create a safe and secure home.
Help us by calling on the owners, Wadham College and leaseholders Midcounties Co-op, to allow the continued use of the building as a shelter this winter.
We are requesting the building remain open as a shelter for just three months - at which point the owners plan to demolish the buildings and redevelop the site.
This action is in response to the rising number of rough sleepers in Oxford, up 50% in the last year, whilst central government cuts force the closure of homeless services across the city. By the end of 2018 further decommissioning of services will result in a loss of more than 260 beds since early 2016.
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