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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

My recovery is now a decade in the making. Along the way, there’s been an attempt to get clean in rehab, as well as time spent on the streets, sometimes living with friends and other times presenting as homeless to the local Homeless Persons Unit. My journey here hasn’t...

More than a third of homeless adults have attempted suicide. So it’s important that the Samaritans makes its presence felt. It was the world’s first telephone helpline, intended to serve as a “999 for the suicidal”. The Samaritans was founded in 1953 in London by vicar Chad Varah, who...
There was an uproar recently followed by a social media campaign...
She must have been in her late 60s at least, and she...
Octavian Starr, of Stonewall Housing, admits that though saddened, he’s not that...
A special fact-finding inquiry has been launched by Healthwatch England in order...


29 July 2014

Join The Pavement's team of runners for Run to the Beat, London’s unique music 10K running event on Sunday, 14 September. Live DJs will pump out motivational tunes all around the route, and the headline act will be waiting at the finish for you to join the party. It will be like nothing you have ever experienced at a running event. Free entry. Fundraising target £200.
Email Helen:


16 July 2014

If you fancy art, music and food created by homeless and ex-homeless people in the East End, come to the second Dellow Nights event on Thursday 14th August, 6pm–9pm.

04 June 2014

Do you think it’s about time society listened more to what homeless people had to say? The Pavement thinks so. And we're looking for people with direct experience of homelessness to form our brand new Reader’s Panel.
Panel members’ views and opinions will help shape the future development of the magazine. You’ll be asked to take part in surveys and focus groups, planning and feedback sessions, either online, over the phone or face-to-face. We’ll give you lots of support to help you to influence what we cover and how we do it.
And there may also be an opportunity to get involved in training and other events.
So what’s stopping you?
Get in touch and find out more:

14 May 2014

Are you a homeless writer? The SASH writing competition is looking for work on the theme of homelessness, written in any genre with a maximum of 3000 words. They encourage entries from those who are or have been homeless. The winner and runners- up will have their pieces published on the SASH website, and the winner gets a five-day residential writing course at the Arvon Foundation, where you will be taught by leading authors.

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

 09 July 2014

The handwritten signs of some of Barcelona’s rough sleepers are to be put to wider use than simply helping their individual authors survive.

According to the Guardian, this is a new venture between Arrels Foundation, which works with nearly half of Barcelona's homeless population, and advertising agency the Cyranos McCann. The messages are being scanned, converted into downloadable fonts and sold online.

'' is aiming to raise funds to support homeless people as they try to leave the streets behind and move on with their lives.


First lady call for action

 09 July 2014

© Chip Somedevilla/ Getty Images

The USA’s first lady Michelle Obama had made an impassioned call to action on veteran homelessness, a problem she declared a “moral outrage".

“Even one homeless veteran is a shame,” she said at the launch of the Mayors' Challenge to End

Veteran Homelessness, an effort that has drawn commitments from 77 mayors, governors and county officials.

“The fact that we have 58,000 (homeless veterans) is a moral outrage. We should all do more about it,” added Ms Obama.

“Tens of thousands of veterans who risked their lives for our country are living in a shelter or sleeping near a subway vent.”

The White House, which in 2009 declared a goal of ending veterans’ homelessness by 2016, says progress is being made but not quickly enough.


Money for nothing

 09 July 2014

Chen Guangbiao, with canned fresh air. © Mark Wong/ European Pressphoto Agency

The latest stunt by flamboyant Chinese businessman Chen Guangbiao ended in chaos, after he promised 200 homeless people $300 each – but then failed to pay up, reports the Telegraph.

Chen had attracted attention in the USA by promising to donate the money over a free lunch at the Loeb Boathouse in New York's Central Park in late June.

The 45-year-old – who has previously courted the media by selling canned fresh air in China and building a wall out of cash – bought all 200 attendees their lunch, but the money failed to materialise, leaving the homeless diners angry and confused by Chen's stunt.

New York City Rescue Mission, which brought the homeless people to the event, said Chen had agreed to donate $90,000 to the organisation, not to individual diners.


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