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thePavement is the free magazine for the UK's homeless people

We are committed to publishing objective reportage, tailored to a homeless readership, and to publicising the complete range of services available to homeless people, to reduce hardship amongst our readers and to enable them to guide their future.

We believe that drives to produce homogenous services for homeless people are misguided, and that a range of service types and sizes are the only way to cater successfully for our diverse readership.

We believe that sleeping rough is physically and mentally harmful; however, we do not preach to those who chosen to, nor do we believe that all options to get off the streets are necessarily beneficial to long-term health and happiness.



Your rights

The Rights Guide for Rough Sleepers outlines your rights around arrest, stop and search, answering police questions, move-ons, no-drinking zones, sleeping rough, taking a pee in public and highway obstruction. It was put together by The Pavement, Housing Justice, Liberty and Zacchaeus 2000.

If your benefits have been sanctioned (cut off or reduced) and you feel this is unfair, you can appeal. Print this letter and hand it in at the office where you sign on. If you feel you need more advice about sanctions, contact  Zacchaeus 2000 or your nearest  Citizen’s Advice Bureau. And let us know at The Pavement!



If you are a journalist with some free time to research and write stories for the magazine, please contact us . For other volunteering opportunities, please approach organisations listed on our Services pages or your local volunteer centre


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In the latest issue


It’s September. And it’s time for Scotland to vote. Is the United Kingdom really ‘Better Together’, or it time to vote ‘Yes’ to independence? We asked both camps why Scots should vote for them. If you live in Scotland right now, lots of people are chasing your vote. And...

Figures obtained by the Pavement under a Freedom of Information request show the number of people arrested for begging in London has almost doubled in the last three years. The “shocking” findings have been condemned by some who worry that homeless people are being unnecessarily criminalised. The statistics from the...
My recovery is now a decade in the making. Along the way,...
More than a third of homeless adults have attempted suicide. So it’s...
There was an uproar recently followed by a social media campaign...
She must have been in her late 60s at least, and she...


01 April 2014

Have you had your benefits cut off? Get in touch with Karin - thank you.

19 August 2011

Wow.  The Pavement’s Homeless City Guide, which appears in every issue of the magazine, has made it into New York’s Museum of Modern Art. 

Latest Stories

 31 August 2014

A church in Los Angeles has pressed charges against a homeless man who was caught stealing around $2.25-worth of cookies from the First Baptist Church of Royal Palm Beach.

According to a report in the Palm Beach Post, the homeless man had been looking for assistance from the church when he entered the building and was caught stealing the cookies from a jar by the cleaner.

After discussions between police and church members, it was decided that the church would press charges. The man was then arrested and held in custody.

The church defended its decision, saying police would help the man get the help he needed.


Street violence threats

 31 August 2014

A new survey has found that four out of 10 homeless people in Tokyo, Japan, have been attacked or threatened in the street.

The research, conducted by the Independent Life Support Center Moyai, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people living in poverty in Japan, found homeless people reported that the constant threat of violent attack made their living conditions seem worse.

The homeless people interviewed were on average about 60 years old. About 40 per cent of the respondents said the attackers were either children or youths, usually with at least two perpetrators.

Some of them were assaulted with fireworks, steel pipes or other objects, while others were punched and kicked. They also suffered verbal abuse and threats, and often had their possessions set on fire.

According to the metropolitan government, Tokyo officially had 1,768 homeless people as of January, though independent researchers claim it is as high as 5,000.

The crime rate in Japan has historically been low, but has been rising in recent years.


Homeless style

 31 August 2014

A hairstylist from an upscale salon in New York City has been spending his day off cutting the hair of homeless people, it has emerged.

Mark Bustos is a hair stylist at a smart salon in New York City. But not all his clients need to be wealthy, according to the Huffington Post.

Bustos spends every Sunday – his only day off from work – venturing through the city in search of anyone in need who'd appreciate a haircut. Approaching each person with the same, simple phrase – "I want to do something nice for you today" – Bustos provides cuts to up to six people every Sunday, capturing pictures of often unkempt people he’s given a make-over to on the streets. The pictures of the transformations are posted on his Instagram account and have now received global attention.

Bustos has been cutting hair for those who can’t afford it since May 2012, when he travelled to the Philippines to visit family members. While he was abroad, he rented a barber shop chair from the shop’s owner to provide services to impoverished children in need of a fresh look.

“The feeling was so rewarding, I decided to bring the positive energy back to NYC,” Bustos, 30, told the Huffington Post. He has also given haircuts to those who need but can’t afford them, in Jamaica, Costa Rica and Los Angeles, as well as his home town in the States.


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