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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


Q. Can you tell us a bit about your own experience on the streets?
I was on the streets for a number of years, mostly in my late teens. It was difficult, as I was so young at the time, and it was probably one of the most traumatic and terrifying experiences of my...


The 240 Project in west London is more than an arts space – it’s a place where people come to be heard and seen, to create and be cared for, a peaceful base where surviving is recognised as an achievement and having returning as a measure of success.

Some of the project’s artists travel across the...


Breaking News

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...
The majority of UK citizens – 51.9 per cent – voted on...
Skippering, a colloquial British term for rough sleeping, is a 30-minute ‘sonic...


17 August 2016


Would to use your life experience to make a difference? Groundswell and The Pavement Magazine are working together on a new project. It’s called From the Ground Up and we need your help.

We’re looking for committed, enthusiastic volunteers with personal experience of homelessness to train to become Peer Journalists. We will provide training to help you interview others about the issues they are facing and report on them in the Pavement magazine.

Your lived experience of the issue will help give you insight, but we can give you the tools to help you best express the problems you encounter. We need London-based volunteers to help us raise awareness and drive the changes that will make the lives of homeless people better. Could that be you?

Find out more here or contact with any questions. Please apply by Friday 2nd September 2016

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23 June 2015

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

Will you use your admin ninja skills to help a unique small charity working to support homeless people?

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23 June 2015

Do you want to use your fundraising skills to support a unique small charity working to support homeless people?

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23 June 2015

Will you donate your a journalism or photography skills to help the homeless people we work to support?

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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


Iowa City’s new approach to housing crisis

 05 October 2016

Johnson County in Iowa, USA, has announced a new initiative called ‘FUSE – Housing First’.

Housing First does not force homeless people to meet a huge list of demands to qualify for free housing and other support.

Tenants would be required to have a weekly talk with their case worker, but there is no requirement for the tenant to actually do anything above and beyond these meetings to keep their house.


Pope’s pizza feeds homeless people

 05 October 2016


Pope Francis invited 1,500 homeless people from across Italy to a free pizza lunch at the Vatican after Mother Teresa was declared a saint on 4 September.

Most of the homeless people invited live in shelters run by nuns from Mother Teresa’s Sisters of Charity and were given seats of honour at the canonisation Mass.

A pizza-maker from Naples cooked the lunch in the Vatican auditorium in three pizza ovens with 20 staff members and about 250 sisters and priests from the Sisters of Charity.


San Francisco to remove homelessness camps

 05 October 2016
San Francisco’s newly created Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing is about to start removing every single homelessness camp across the city. There are currently just under 80 homelessness encampments known to the San Francisco authorities, and newly-appointed “homeless czar” Jeff Kositsky has vowed to shut them down, saying “We have put out the word on the street: This is not a place to camp.” However, the San Francisco Police Department have spoken out against the new plans. Captain John Jaimerena pointed out that being homeless is not illegal in San Francisco , whilst Lieutenant Mike Nevin told, “I would not feel comfortable directing an officer to take someone’s personal property.”

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