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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.
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!
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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 –...
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.
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.
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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!
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.
Councils across England and Wales will have a legal duty to help homeless people find accommodation, according to a new bill.
The Homelessness Reduction Bill, proposed by Bob Blackman MP, became an Act of Parliament after it was granted Royal Assent on Thursday.
The Act will mean local authorities have a legal duty to give people meaningful support to resolve their homelessness. It will also introduce measures to prevent people becoming homeless in the first place.
The news was welcomed by a coalition of charities including Centrepoint, Crisis, Homeless Link, Shelter and St Mungo’s. The campaigning groups are calling on all political parties to pledge to stop the scandal of rough sleeping in their General Election manifestos.
Rough sleeping in England has risen by 16 percent in the last year and has more than doubled in the last five.
Jon Sparkes, Chief Executive of Crisis said: “For 40 years we’ve had a system that fails too many homeless people by turning them away from help when they need it most. We’d like to thank the peers and MPs from across the political spectrum who came together to back this bill, as well as Government ministers for their leadership.”
But he stressed the act was not a “cure-all” and called for action from all political parties to address the rise in rough sleeping.
“The success of the Homelessness Reduction Act shows what can be achieved when the political will exists to tackle the root causes of homelessness,” he added. “Whoever wins the general election must make ending rough sleeping a top priority once they are elected.”
Claire McMenemy, a St Mungo's client who slept rough for several decades, said ending rough sleeping should be a top priority.
“I slept rough for over thirty years after running away from home and I know the dangers that people face and how you can get stuck on the streets,” she said.
“My mental health suffered a lot and I believe more needs to be done to help people like me who end up sleeping rough. For a long time I felt very alone and since having some proper therapy I am in my own flat thanks to St Mungo’s.”
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."
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."