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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 is nearly opening time at the Hackney Migrant Centre and the baked potatoes aren’t ready. “I told you we should have done rice,”one volunteer worries. It may seem like a minor concern, but it says a lot about the commitment of people here to make sure their...
So let’s face it, us women take significantly more pride in our appearance than our men. Every day hygiene, cleansing routines, personal grooming; you take it all for granted, don't you? Unless, that is, you’ve ever been homeless. Then you know it’s no simple matter. And for a woman...
Margaret Mary’s daughter is nearly three years old. She’s a happy little...
I don’t really know how I ended up homeless. It just happened....
The Scottish Housing Regulator has told Glasgow City Council it must urgently...
If you’ve ever gone without a shower for weeks, hunted in vain...


25 November 2013

The winter shelters are open, so please download the listing if you are rough sleeping. If the shelter accepts agency referrals, please phone the agency named. And if your shelter is not listed, please contact london AT thepavement DOT org DOT uk (you’ll need to remove the words in CAPITALS!).

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. 


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New York sees homeless record

 04 April 2014

The number of homeless people staying overnight in New York City shelters has eclipsed the record-high population reported last year, reaching an average of more than 50,000 people per night, according to a new study.

The report, by the Coalition for the Homeless found that the number of families with children who entered the city’s shelter system increased from 1,129 to 1,288 in Manhattan between 2012 and 2013, a 14 per cent increase.

The number of homeless people who used city shelters increased from 50,135 in January 2013 to 53,615 in January 2014.

“Upper Manhattan has some of the highest rates of poverty,” said Patrick Markee, a senior policy analyst for the Coalition for the Homeless. The charity also attacked the Bloomberg administration’s ‘disastrous’ policies.

The report found that more than one in four homeless families in city shelters is headed by a working adult; and one of every six homeless single adults is employed but unable to afford a home.


Street danger highlighted

 04 April 2014

The streets have become an increasingly dangerous place to be homeless in the USA, according to a new report published this month.

Homeless people experienced a 23 per cent surge in targeted attacks last year when compared to the number of assaults in 2012, according to preliminary figures released by the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH).

In 2013, there was a total of 108 reported attacks against homeless people, according to preliminary figures. Nineteen of those assaults resulted in death. The year before, there were 88 reported attacks, 18 of which resulted in death.

The data was collected from news reports, homeless service providers and homeless people themselves.

Have you experienced violence on the street? Tell us:


Homeless services disappear

 04 April 2014
Do you ever feel like there are fewer places around for you get support from? You’d be right. A report has revealed that a total of 36 London homelessness providers have either closed or merged with another charity over the last five years.

The London Housing Foundation’s ’atlas’ of services for homeless people between 2008 and 2013 found that 12 agencies had closed in the past five years and 24 merged, with only eight new organisations entering the sector.

The report also showed that floating support is provided by fewer organisations with the top three – Single Homeless Project, One Housing and Look Ahead – now delivering 80 per cent of all floating support, compared to 50 per cent in 2008.

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