Our history

Our history


To reflect the range of services provided by the organisation, Oxford Night Shelter changes its name to Oxford Homeless Pathways. Oxford Homeless Pathways oversees O’Hanlon HouseJulian 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 of 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.


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 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

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, although staff did their best to ensure that clients were given a warm welcome, food, washing facilities and as much support as possible, given the limited facilities.