In Oxford’s increasingly tough rental market, a new program is doing everything it can to help clients, including those on the brink of homelessness, get a leg up.

The housing stability drop-in program on Monday mornings at the Oxford County Community Health Centre is a “first point of contact” for people struggling to find or maintain a home in the difficult rental market by helping fill out applications, contacting landlords and navigating the housing system, among other supports. The drop-in started May 6.

According to the program’s housing outreach workers, their clients can be people who are experiencing “absolute homelessness” – meaning they are unsheltered – or people in shelters in the county. Their clients are also people who are precariously housed, or at risk of losing their housing, due to an eviction notice or a bad tenant-landlord relationship.