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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


In our last issue we reported on how difficult it is to get help when you have a dual diagnosis – the medical term used when you have both mental health and addiction issues at the same time.

In late January, Groundswell held an action day and invited a range of experts – those living with the...


Mahesh Pherwani finds his story of shocking treatment by a private landlord is far from unique. So who is looking out for tenants' rights?

In the 1950s, one notorious landlord, Peter Rachman, acquired a fat portfolio of slum properties for ?rent in the Notting Hill area of post-war London. Over the next decade or so –...


Breaking News

Glasgow City Council has raised the alarm about the introduction of Universal...
St Mungo’s released the second phase of their Stop the Scandal campaign...
Cuts to Legal Aid, that are leaving vulnerable people without access...
Almost a third of charity workers don’t donate money to good causes,...
Merseyside Police have adopted a football referee style card scheme to target...
A new bill, proposed by the Conservative MP, could transform homeless services...


09 February 2017

Listen to our first 'From the Ground Up' podcast and hear from our team about the difficulties in getting help when you are homeless and also have both mental health and addiction issues. Produced by Steve Urquart.

09 February 2017

Our Glasgow Word On The Street project went so well that we are now running it in London. Véronique Mistiaen, lecturer and human rights journalist, led the second session, 'How to tell your own story'. you can read more about the project on her blog, The Right Human. Check out the trainees' blog to follow their progress from newbie to news hound.

23 June 2015

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23 June 2015

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23 June 2015

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04 November 2014

Our Glasgow-based Word on the Street team of reporters and photographers – along with London guest writers, who also have experience of the homelessness – has been working hard on a special edition that tells it how it is: benefit sanctions, a cartoon about hostel life and how football can change the world, for starters. The WOTS team is: Iain Alan, Brenda Brown, Brian Dobbie, Jason Kelly, Peter Kelly, Jim Little, Caroline McCue, Alex McKay, Patrick O’Hare and Roddy Woods. Thanks, team!

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


'Safe Space' for Sydney

 19 April 2017

Lanz Priestly, a community-driven homeless man, has set up a new 'safe space' encampment for rough sleepers just metres from the Reserve Bank of Australia and the New South Wales state parliament building.

The camp is situated in the heart of Australia's financial district, and offers 24/7 access to free food and shelter.

The self-directed project is filling gaps where the government have failed to deal with Australia's growing homelessness numbers.

Recent economic growth in the mining industry has caused house prices to soar, meaning Melbourne and Sydney now rank 2nd and 10th on a global list of 'Least Affordable Housing'.

Priestly said: "People have the basic human right to feel safe. I think the support services (in Sydney) aren't even in the library when it comes to rough-sleeper safety."


'Work-for-a-day' pilot project

 19 April 2017

Homeless people in Hawaii are being offered opportunities to do public-service style work to earn some cash. The project has already been piloted in other US cities like Albuquerque, offering jobs like litter-picking and painting over graffiti.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported that Hawaii ranks highest among all US states in homelessness numbers.? The work project has been challenged, with critics saying money would be better spent on housing people than making them work.

In response, Josh Green of the Senate Committee on Human Services said: "There is significantly greater cost to doing [housing] as a sole strategy, and there's no reason why we can't do both."


Peru floods

 19 April 2017

Flood in Belen, Peru. © Geraint Rowland

A state of emergency has been declared in over 800 Peruvian cities after the country experienced? its worst flooding in 20 years.

The unusually high rainwater has so far killed over 70 people and destroyed the houses of almost 100,000 people, leaving them homeless.

Around 5.6 per cent of Peru's population is already known to be homeless, equating to almost two million people.


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