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  April 20th 2017

A man sleeping rough ion one of the coldest nights of the year, has died

A man sleeping rough in Glasgow on one of the coldest nights of the year, has died. Matthew Bloomer, 28, from Aberdeen, had bee...

 
  April 20th 2017

Ministers under pressure to rethink UC for homeless families

Ministers are caving to ongoing pressure to rethink Universal Credit as it causes issues with housing homeless families. Univer...

 
  April 20th 2017

Fund is to be extended to support young people at risk from HB changes

The Scottish Welfare Fund is to be extended beyond its original end date to support young people at risk from changes to housing...

 
  April 20th 2017

Derbyshire policeman had to fight for his job after paying for biscuits a homeless man had stolen

Derbyshire policeman PC Martin Rothwell had to fight for his job after paying £2 to Poundland for biscuits a homeless man ...

 
  April 20th 2017

Public Space Protection Orders are being used to fine people for begging or sleeping rough

Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs) are being used to fine people for begging or sleeping rough. Despite public outcry when ...

 
  April 20th 2017

Pop-up shop coing to Glasgw's East End

A project named 'The Homeless Barbers' has won £500 to set up a pop-up street shop in Glasgow's East End. Steven Thomson ...

 
  April 20th 2017

Number up by 81 per cent in just two years

The number of people sleeping rough in Cardiff, Wales has increased by 81 per cent in just two years. Wales Online reported th...

 
  April 20th 2017

Campaigners urge more people to donate santiary products

Campaign groups like The Homeless Period are raising awareness for homeless women and girls who cannot afford sanitary products....

 
  April 20th 2017

Finland is the only country in Europe where homelessness has declined

A report from EU housing organisation Feantsa has shown that every European country is suffering from a homelessness crisis - ex...

 
  April 20th 2017

Cuts could make more people become homeless

President Trump has announced his first budget plan for the United States, involving deep cuts to government welfare programs. ...

 
  April 20th 2017

Opinion is divided over whether they are deplorable shanty towns or the Promised Land

Homeless people in Seattle are being offered their own wooden huts and tents in a new settlement behind a petrol station. 'Othe...

 
  April 20th 2017

Critics say money would be better spent on housing

Homeless people in Hawaii are being offered opportunities to do public-service style work to earn some cash. The project has alr...

 
  April 20th 2017

Camp offers 24/7 access to free food and shelter

Lanz Priestly, a community-driven homeless man, has set up a new 'safe space' encampment for rough sleepers just metres from the...

 
  February 6th 2017

McDonald’s accused of pulling a PR stunt that exploits homeless people

McDonald’s has been accused of pulling a PR stunt that exploits homeless people to win over those who objected to their ne...

 
  February 6th 2017

New-born dies at a bus stop in freezing Portland

A baby died in January in freezing temperatures with his homeless mother at a bus stop in Portland. The baby, found in early Ja...

 
  February 6th 2017


A homeless charity claim new figures that reveal the number of Scottish children living in temporary accommodation has increased...

 
  February 6th 2017

A 10ft barrier erected in bid to stop homeless people sleeping there

A 10ft wooden barrier has been put up outside a former branch of BHS in an apparent bid to stop homeless people sleeping there. ...

 
  February 2nd 2017

'From the Ground Up’ aims to teach journalism skills to people with first-hand experience of homelessness. Meet our team, who bring you experience and honesty in spades...

Since September last year, the Pavement magazine and homeless charity Groundswell have been running 'From the Ground Up’, ...

 
  December 6th 2016

The two are inseparable, says charity head.

A report by a large group of charities, research institutes and energy organisations was released in October, claiming a global ...

 
  December 6th 2016

Two thousand people are camping in the north of the city, with more arriving.

Nearly 10,000 people are looking for a home in northern Europe after the French government’s forced eviction of the Calais...

 
  December 6th 2016

CEO urges government to replicated the facility across Sydney.

Sydney's successful 110-bed 'Common Ground' facility celebrates its fifth birthday this year, with Mission Australia CEO Catheri...

 
  December 6th 2016

Homelessness is declning across the US... or is it?

The Federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has announced that homelessness is declining across the US. Howev...

 
  December 6th 2016

UN condemns breach of human rights law.

Nearly 30,000 people have been made homeless over the past year by a series of evictions in Lagos, Nigeria. The evictions went ...

 
  December 6th 2016

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership reveals the financial impact.

The Scottish Empty Homes Partnership (SEHP) has revealed the financial impact that the country's 34,000 empty homes have on our ...

 
  December 6th 2016

Check if your benefits are affected.

November this year saw the introduction of new, reduced benefits caps from the UK Government. The cap will affect thousands of ...

 
  December 6th 2016

Supermarkets discard 200,000 tonnes every year.

Food waste is becoming an increasing issue with supermarkets throwing away a huge 200,000 tonnes of food and drink every year. ...

 
  December 6th 2016


The Met Office has said to warned of high winds, very low temperatures and has floods across the UK as winter approaches. With ...

 
  December 6th 2016

A third have been turned away unaided.

Youth homelessness charity Centrepoint have reported that only 67 per cent of homeless people aged 16 to 24 have been receiving ...

 
  December 6th 2016

A few hints that may help you stay healthy

You should not have to be on the streets this winter. The Pavement believes that that rough sleeping is harmful to your physical...

 
  October 6th 2016

Occupiers deny it's a health and safety issue

A petition has been launched to encourage the owners of former Manchester pub, the Ducie Bridge, to allow a group of around 30 h...

 
  October 6th 2016

A third of homeless teenage offenders in England and Wales are being given unsafe or unsuitable accommodation

A government report has revealed that a third of homeless 16- and 17-year-old offenders in England and Wales are being given uns...

 
  October 6th 2016

Unite and activists set up petition

London-based homelessness charity, St Mungo’s is being criticised for handing out eviction notices to its own tenants. Th...

 
  October 6th 2016

July statistics reveal a 40 per cent increase since last year

The Simon Community in Ireland has released figures suggesting that the number of homeless people in the country has reached a r...

 
  October 6th 2016

Local charity reveals reports of beatings and coercion

Earlier this year, Rio de Janeiro hosted the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, but the celebrations brought in some worrying ne...

 
  October 6th 2016

Just under 80 of them...

San Francisco’s newly created Department of Homelessness & Supportive Housing is about to start removing every single ...

 
  October 6th 2016

American city introduces 'Housing First'

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

 
  July 27th 2016

A BBC/BIJ investigation reveals the service provider has been failing to provide essential support

A joint investigation between BBC London and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has revealed that a London-based service pro...

 
  July 27th 2016

Charity founder suggests building more houses and dealing with empty properties

Homelessness charity ‘Keep Bristol Warm’ has called for more effort to be put into preventing homelessness as the nu...

 
  July 27th 2016

Government suppoort is 'chaotic', says Refugee Council

Newly arriving refugees are at a high risk of becoming homeless due to the ‘chaotic system of government support’, a...

 
  July 27th 2016

...will last 12 hours!

A 12-hour marathon music show featuring up-and-coming artists will take place in Dundee's Whitehall Theatre later this year. Th...

 
  July 27th 2016

There are over 100,000 homeless people in Australia, and this number is growing

A group of six charities has written a joint letter to the heads of Australia’s political parties urging them to tackle ho...

 
  July 27th 2016

Twenty per cent became homeless in last year

A survey has shown a huge increase in rough sleeping in Greece in the last five years. The poll, completed by the City of Athen...

 
  July 27th 2016


A start-up enterprise called 'Shades Tour Vienna' is running tours around Austria's capital city by employing homeless people as...

 
  July 27th 2016

Japanese government understates numbers, says Tokyo charity

The Japanese government has reported positive changes in Tokyo's homelessness problems. But some people are criticising the gov...

 
  July 27th 2016

Los Angeles County calls for state ‘emergency’

Los Angeles County has voted to call for California State ‘declaration of emergency’ on the state’s homelessne...

 
  July 27th 2016

How to get help...

All councils in Scotland have a duty to help you when you're homeless. If your own local council thinks you are homeless, they l...

 
  May 13th 2016

Company to turn one of its buildings into a temporary shelter

It’s famous for using tax havens, but now online retail giant Amazon hopes to provide havens – for homeless families...

 
  May 13th 2016

Victims not counted because they have a 'home'

Homeless figures could be twice as high as thought in Ireland, because victims of domestic violence are not counted. The issue w...

 
  May 13th 2016

Trial of hostel-on-wheels to start this summer

An Australian man who used to sleep in his car has raised enough money to buy a ‘Sleep Bus’ – a coach that he ...

 
  May 13th 2016

If you fancy helping them keep up with demand, volunteer...

To keep up with demand, FareShare is set to open its London warehouse on Saturdays from 14 May, and is looking for volunteers to...

 
  May 13th 2016

Get involved and make it real.

A new museum dedicated to homelessness is set to open – and it’s looking for participants. The Museum of Homelessnes...

 
  May 13th 2016

Temporary homes for 24 families to spring up in Lewisham

The South London Borough of Lewisham is to start welcoming the first residents of its new ‘pop-up village’ in June. ...

 
  May 13th 2016

Number of kids in temporary accommodation jumps by 13 per cent

Shelter has expressed its concern after the Scottish government released statistics showing a 13 per cent increase in homeless c...

 
  May 13th 2016

Thousands of protestors took part in a march calling on the government to drop the Housing and Planning Bill.

Thousands of protestors took part in a march calling on the government to drop its controversial new Housing and Planning Bill. ...

 
  May 5th 2016

Good Samaritan hospital pays up to avoid its day in court

A Los Angeles hospital has paid $450,000 to settle a lawsuit after improperly discharging a homeless patient. The ironically na...

 
  March 15th 2016

So how much has changed since Tebbit's notorious 1980s exhortation?

In the early 1980s, a self-satisfied Norman Tebbit said his unemployed father got on his bike to go and find work. It’s be...

 
  March 15th 2016

Donald hoped the Work Programme would help him, but he soon became disillusioned

Donald hoped the Work Programme would help him, but he soon became disillusioned. This is how he experienced the two-year mandat...

 
  March 15th 2016

36 local authorities were targeting rough sleepers with Public Space Protection Orders

One in 10 local councils are either using or are planning to use powers that criminalise aspects of home- lessness, according to...

 
  March 15th 2016


More than 3,500 people were sleeping rough on England's streets on any one night last year, 30 per cent more than in 2014. More ...

 
  March 15th 2016

Last year, Biffa found 175 people  in its large commercial bins, up from the previous year's  93

The number of homeless people sleeping in bins continues to rise, according to waste management companies. Biffa said that from...

 
  March 15th 2016

Controversial tool introduced to NYX public

In England and Wales, passers by can ‘report’ homeless people to Street Link, providing details so the charity&rsquo...

 
  March 15th 2016

Fancy a trip round a Bucharest homelessness organistion?

Travel company Urban Adventures is offering a series of tours around social-enterprise projects, including a homeless organisati...

 
  March 15th 2016

A Moscow winter is no time to be outside, but...

Homeless people in Russia’s capital, Moscow, are being forced to find retreat from the harsh winter in sewers, according t...

 
  March 15th 2016

Homer the Homeless Goose to go on tour

A goose that became a homeless mascot in Austin, Texas, has died. ‘Homer the Homeless Goose’, reported Fox7 News, c...

 
  January 5th 2016

Tenant's belongings dumped and locks changed by rogue lanslord

A Birmingham landlord has been ordered to pay more than £5,000 for illegally evicting a mother and her 11-year-old son. S...

 
  January 1st 2016

Synthetic cannabis can be highly dangerous and can make homelessness harder to deal with

Homeless charities continue to raise concerns about the increasing use of synthetic cannabis known as ‘Spice’. In e...

 
  January 1st 2016

Sanctions have caused people to become homeless, and made things much worse for people already on the streets

Homeless people are twice as likely to be sanctioned as other benefit claimants, according to a new Crisis report. The report i...

 
  January 1st 2016

If you can make a short video about being homeless, get in touch...

Fresh from broadcasting his moving and powerful BBC documentary on suicide, inspired by his father, who took his own life, rappe...

 
  November 5th 2015

The 2015 sevice of remembrance for the 192 people who died homeless over the last year

On 5 November, the names of 192 people who died homeless over the past year were read out at the annual service of remembrance a...

 
  November 2nd 2015

...but if you can afford £450k, you'll be alright!

Critics have challenged the government’s new Housing and Planning Bill, which proposes extending the Right to Buy scheme t...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Social Bite encourages customers to buy 'suspended' items

If you’re in Scotland, you may have already enjoyed a free cuppa or bite to eat at a Social Bite café. The concept ...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Crisis has serious concerns about the checks private landlords will have to make.

Homeless charity Crisis has raised serious concerns about the new immigration checks that private landlords will have to make. ...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Charity marks five decades of helping those battling homelessness and addiction

  Fifty years go, the rector of Christ Church Spitalfields in East London found a homeless man had died on the church step...

 
  November 2nd 2015

TfL pledges to release land for 10,000 new homes across London

Transport for London (TfL) has pledged to release land for 10,000 new homes across the capital over the coming decade. Accordin...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Homeless people are getting less backward at coming forward!

Homeless people are getting better at coming forward for health checks and vacinations, according to a survey by the Queens Nurs...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Book sales kept him housed and now he's helping underprivileged Joburg kids

Selling books and book reviews to motorists saved Philani Dladla from a life of addiction and homelessness on the streets of Joh...

 
  November 2nd 2015

They're “dehumanising and demoralising”, according to YMCA England

Youth charity YMCA England has demanded an overhaul of job centres after research found the support offered to young people look...

 
  November 2nd 2015

Animal rights activists who snatched a puppy from a homeless man in Paris are to return it following public outcry

Animal rights activists who snatched a puppy from a homeless man in Paris are to return the dog following public outcry. A vide...

 
  September 12th 2015

A reader is filmed describinbg the difference the Pavement has made

The Pavement has launched a short film to show the impact it makes on our reader's lives.  The pocket-sized magazine, for...

 
  September 10th 2015

So what has changed in the last decade - there's good news... and bad.

What’s changed in a decade? For many people, not a lot. In London, nearly 700 households have been stuck in temporary acc...

 
  September 10th 2015

UN to investigate whether welfare reforms have violated people’s human rights

The United Nations (UN) is to investigate whether welfare reforms that have led to thousands of ill and disabled people being sa...

 
  September 10th 2015

The National Housing Federation is working with the government to find alternatives

Nearly 40 per cent of all council flats sold under the Right to Buy in England are now being rented out privately, according to ...

 
  September 10th 2015

New project aims to help prison staff deal better with mental health issues

A new project, aimed at helping prison staff understand the stigma of mental health problems, has been designed by people with e...

 
  September 10th 2015

Dope-smoking oldies and clean-living kids...

Middle-aged people are increasingly smoking cannabis while their children are giving up the drug, a Home Office report has revea...

 
  September 10th 2015

Numbers being relocated jump by more than a quarter in one year

The number of homeless families forced out of London by councils is continuing to rise. Inside Housing found that the number of...

 
  September 10th 2015

Kensington and Chelsea campaign attacked as “shocking” and “idotic”

A controversial anti-begging campaign which asks people to give to charities instead of people begging, has been attacked as &ld...

 
  September 10th 2015

Reactions to Amnesty's vote are mixed

Amnesty International has passed a vote to support the decriminalisation of consensual sex workers. It claims the decision reco...

 
  September 10th 2015

McDonald's apologises for franchise threateneing employees who "provide food to vagrants"

McDonald’s has apologised for an incident in which workers in one of the US burger chain’s French franchises appeare...

 
  May 5th 2015

Too many young people are moving out of home with nowhere to go, say advocates

Almost half of homeless people in Australia are under the age of 25, according to the National Youth Coalition for Housing. The...

 
  May 5th 2015

Parking meters help support homeless people in Indianapolis

Can parking meters help to support homeless people? In Downtown Indianapolis yes, they can. City authorities have started a new...

 
  May 5th 2015

Homeless people in the US are re-inventing street codes for the 21st century

Homeless people in the United States are re-inventing ‘hobo culture’ for the 21st century, reports American magazine...

 
  May 5th 2015

Glasgow charity complains about harrassment

A Glasgow homeless charity has claimed that police continue to harrass its guests outside a city-based day centre. In March, th...

 
  May 5th 2015

Just in time for its 90th birthday...

King George’s has just completed a major refurbishment in time to celebrate its 90th anniversary. The hostel, which is du...

 
  May 5th 2015

Confidential survey seeks users' thoughts

A research organisation is appealing for volunteers with experience of taking legal highs to compete an online questionnaire. T...

 
  May 5th 2015

Thousands of homeless people are being moved around London without councils informing each other

Thousands of homeless people are being moved around London without councils informing each other, reports Inside Housing. Due t...

 
  May 5th 2015

One in eight Scottish men under 25 is now unemployed

One in eight Scottish men under 25 is now unemployed, according to a new study which highlights the poverty faced by under 30s. ...

 
  April 30th 2015

Injecting drug users in France will now have supervised “consumption rooms” under a new law

Injecting drug users in France will now have a place to use drugs in supervised “consumption rooms” under a new law ...

 
  April 8th 2015

By day he is a bartender. But by night, he is...

By day he is a bartender. But by night, he is... Spiderman. An anonymous man in Birmingham has been dressing up as the iconic su...

 
  April 8th 2015

Blokes with beards - and no, we're not talking about hipsters...

When Sheffield Hallam Uni lecturer Jon Dean asked 41 students to sketch what homelessness looked like to them, three-quarters sh...

 
  April 8th 2015

Vote with your feet...

Fed up of how homeless people are treated? Time to vote with your feet. Protests against the treatment of homeless people are to...

 
  April 8th 2015

Glasgow homeless charities fear homeless people are being unfairly stopped and searched

Homeless charities in Glasgow have challenged Police Scotland over fears that homeless people are being unfairly stopped and sea...

 
  April 8th 2015

Homeless people in San Francisco have been getting a wet welcome

First there were spikes, now it’s sprinklers. Homeless people in San Francisco have been getting a wet welcome from St Mar...

 
  April 8th 2015

The “humanitarian crisis” bill gained widespread strong support

The Greek parliament has given the thumbs-up to supporting its poorest citizens with food subsidies, free electricity and housin...

 
  March 2nd 2015

There’s been an increase in the use of Pregabalin to enhance other drugs... but there are risks.

There’s been an increase in the use of Pregabalin to enhance other drugs... but there are risks. DrugScope has released it...

 
  March 2nd 2015

At the end of January, The Pavement held its first quarterly readers’ panel.

At the end of January, The Pavement held its first quarterly readers’ panel. The panel, made up of Pavement readers and w...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Southwark Council has been ordered to stop breaking the law

Southwark Council has been ordered to stop breaking the law by turning away homeless people who apply for housing in the borough...

 
  March 2nd 2015

New Kennington home will ease pressure on West Norwood hub

Emmaus has opened a new residential home in Kennington. St Luke’s will house 27 Emmaus “companions”, who will...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Measure to tackle 'begging gangs' ditched

The government of Norway has ditched plans to ban begging across the country. The proposed law failed to get through parliament...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Great luggage facilities... in Canada

A Canadian church which runs a storage facility where homeless people can store their belongings has won a $40,000 grant to cont...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Female rough sleeper ensures rapist is jailed

A 47-year-old woman who was raped while sleeping rough under a bridge in Ohio, was so determined to get justice that she walked ...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Unarmed migrant is chased, tasered and shot

An unarmed man was shot by police, after throwing rocks in Pasco, Washington. Antonio Zambrano-Montes, a migrant from Mexico, h...

 
  March 2nd 2015

You don’t need a permanent address to have a say in your future

The Electoral Commission is reminding people living in temporary accommodation that they don’t need a permanent address to...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Fancy representing your country on the field?

Ever fancied playing for England? The Homeless Football Association (part of Centrepoint) is looking for the next Wayne Rooney o...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Scot injured and disfigured in attack

A 34-year-old man in Nairn, in the north-east of Scotland, has received serious burns after it is thought he was set alight in a...

 
  March 2nd 2015


Anne Naysmith, who lived in Chiswick for 26 years in her battered car, died last month after being hit by a lorry. A popular lo...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Three Birmingham centres to be radically modernised

Work is due to start next month on a £3,016,000 refurbishment and modernisation of Birmingham’s three homeless centr...

 
  March 2nd 2015

Birmingham's SIFA Fireside is reprieved but has to cut services

An award-winning Birmingham charity which provides services to many of the city’s rough sleepers has been saved by closure...

 
  February 7th 2015

Funding cuts put children and young people in danger

Children and young people who have run away are being put in danger due to funding cuts to services, a new report has found. Th...

 
  February 7th 2015

...so why don't you become a voter

Housing remains outside the top 10 most important issues for voters just months before the general election, according to an inf...

 
  February 7th 2015

Many supported housing residents worry about being able to move on

A new report from youth charity YMCA has found many residents in supported accommodation feel trapped in supported housing. Eig...

 
  February 7th 2015

Homes for Britain comes to London in March

Not one but two housing demonstrations are on the calendar this spring. On 17 March, the Homes for Britain Housing Rally will co...

 
  February 7th 2015

We want you to get involved

Three Pavement readers turned volunteer writers have had their work published in the Independent newspaper. In the special feat...

 
  February 7th 2015

Melbourne's homeless people get help with the heatwave

Homeless people in Melbourne are to get free entry to cinemas and swimming pools to cope with the upcoming heatwave. In the sam...

 
  February 7th 2015

...and he's called Hollywood!

A New York busker who used to sleep on trains is off to Hollywood after American Idol judges unanimously gave the thumbs-up to h...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Homeless charity turns down donations from a comedian who is “deeply offensive about homeless people”

Homeless charity Shelter has refused to accept any donations from a controversial TV comedian who, the charity says, is “d...

 
  December 3rd 2014

In memory of 149 names were read out who died in the past year...

Homeless people who have died in London over the last year were remembered at an annual ‘Service of Commemoration’ l...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Mental health charity is fighting proposed 40 per cent funding costs

A Glasgow mental health charity is fighting proposals by the city council to cut its funding by 40 per cent. Glasgow Associatio...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Twenty-two-year-old woman dies of head injuries

A 22-year-old woman was murdered in the early hours of 6 November at Sirhowy Arms Hotel in Argoed, Wales, which serves as a home...

 
  December 3rd 2014

US-based landlords want to raise rents by up to 400 per cent

Tenants of the New Era estate in London’s Hoxton district have raised fears they could be evicted by Christmas after the e...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Brisbane's homeless people have a new mobile laundry

A mobile laundry service has been launched in Brisbane, Australia, to give local homeless people free access to washing and dryi...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Numbers of homeless kids reaches a record high

According to a new report, nearly 2.5 million children – or one in 30 – were homeless at some point in 2013. Entitl...

 
  December 3rd 2014

Prizes include a new 4WD Fiat Panda, bikes and watches...

Having recently ordered the installation of showers for use by homeless people living around the Vatican, Pope Francis is now ra...

 
  November 7th 2014

The annual service of commemoratioon at St Martin's in the Field featured the names of the 149 homeless men and women who died this year.

We will be adding photos in due course, but in the meantime, the names of the 149 homeless men and women who died this year are:...

 
  November 4th 2014

Southwark housing officers slammed for unlawful eviction, destruction of property and cover-up

Housing officers conspired to unlawfully evict a Sudanese refugee from his council flat, destroy all his possessions and cover u...

 
  November 4th 2014

Film maker launches Kickstarter campaigner to raise funds

An emerging film maker hoping to make a film about the true story of a young women on living on the streets of London, is launch...

 
  November 4th 2014

New law could be used to further criminalise homeless people

A new law which will give police and councils wide-ranging new powers and which authorities claim will help them tackle anti-soc...

 
  October 7th 2014

Glasgow’s George Square is home to a “people’s food bank” in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum

Glasgow’s George Square has become home to a “people’s food bank” as campaigners tap into the yearning f...

 
  October 7th 2014

Single parents who were being evicted from their Newham hostel occupy a housing estate in protest at the shortage of affordable housing

A group of mothers from London’s East End who started a campaign for affordable homes after being evicted from their hoste...

 
  October 7th 2014

Young people aged 18–21 will no longer be allowed to claim housing benefit if the Tories wins the next election

Young people aged 18–21 will no longer be allowed to claim housing benefit if the Tories wins the next election, the Prime...

 
  October 7th 2014

A visit to Tate Britain turns into an all-nighter...

A homeless man who went into the Tate Britain gallery in central London to use the toilet and fell asleep, was locked in the bui...

 
  October 7th 2014

Care should be for everyone, in work or not

A report into mental health care, by the government’s chief medical officer, which called for better mental health service...

 
  October 7th 2014

Suffolk to get an alternative to Ipswich's 'cardboard city'

A charity is preparing to open its first houses for homeless people in a town where a “cardboard city” of dwellers h...

 
  October 7th 2014

Lincoln widow becomes homeless because of  a £210 bill

A woman who was evicted from her home of almost 30 years after being unable to pay a £210 bedroom tax bill has found herse...

 
  September 1st 2014

If you live in Scotland right now, people are chasing your vote. And they don’t care that you’re homeless.

It’s September. And it’s time for Scotland to vote. Is the United Kingdom really ‘Better Together’, or i...

 
  September 1st 2014

Initiative aims to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting disease

Heroin addicts are to be given free foil on the NHS in an effort to help them kick the habit and cut the risk of contracting dis...

 
  September 1st 2014

Sheltered housing and disused hostels to be converted under a new DoH-funded scheme

Sheltered housing schemes and disused hostels are to be converted into accommodation for young homeless people as part of a new ...

 
  September 1st 2014

Thousands of homeless families have been stuck in emergency accommodation for at least two years

Thousands of homeless families have been stuck in emergency accommodation for at least two years, reports the Independent. A chr...

 
  September 1st 2014

A bus operator is providing free transport to and from job interviews for homeless people in Kent

A bus operator is providing free transport to and from job interviews for homeless people in Kent. Sittingbourne-based Chalkwel...

 
  September 1st 2014

A homeless man was attacked and robbed for less than the price of a bus fare

A homeless man was attacked and robbed for less than the price of a bus fare, according to the Mirror. The victim had been slee...

 
  September 1st 2014

Victim was believed to be sleeping rough before his body was found in the River Clyde

Three people have appeared in court charged with murdering a man who was believed to be sleeping rough before his body was found...

 
  September 1st 2014


A hairstylist from an upscale salon in New York City has been spending his day off cutting the hair of homeless people, it has e...

 
  September 1st 2014

Four out of 10 homeless people in Tokyo, Japan, have been attacked or threatened

A new survey has found that four out of 10 homeless people in Tokyo, Japan, have been attacked or threatened in the street. The...

 
  September 1st 2014

LA church presses charges against a homeless man who stole around $2.25-worth of biscuits

A church in Los Angeles has pressed charges against a homeless man who was caught stealing around $2.25-worth of cookies from th...

 
  July 10th 2014

‘Striking portrait’ by jGerman artist wins BP Portrait Award

A painting of a homeless car windscreen cleaner has won one of the UK’s most prestigious portrait competitions. The paint...

 
  July 10th 2014


A new report ‘Street to Home 2013/14’, has shown that the number of rough sleeps in London has risen by one per cent...

 
  July 10th 2014


It’s not known as the most inclusive of art forms. But a group of homeless and ex-homeless performers were celebrating a s...

 
  July 10th 2014

Homeless diners angry about promised donation's non-arrival

The latest stunt by flamboyant Chinese businessman Chen Guangbiao ended in chaos, after he promised 200 homeless people $300 eac...

 
  July 10th 2014

Veteran homelessness a “moral outrage", says Obama

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

 
  July 10th 2014

Spanish rough sleepers turn fontsmiths

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

 
  June 5th 2014

Football is part of the city's DNA, says Council leader...

Glasgow is aiming to bid to host the Homeless World Cup, according to a document, put together by the city's football task force...

 
  June 5th 2014

The county's outreach workers numbers have halved in just one year

A leading Kent charity fears homeless people may not get the support they need as it raises fears for the future of its rough sl...

 
  June 5th 2014

Programme is designed to match good landlords and homeless people

Ministers have awarded a £32 million grant to fund a major charity’s homelessness private rental programme. The pro...

 
  June 5th 2014

One in 18 NI adults has experienced homelessness

At least five people who have used homeless services in Belfast have died since the start of the year, a homeless charity has sa...

 
  June 5th 2014

At least 127 people are sleeping rough on the capital's streets

At least 127 people are sleeping rough on the streets of Dublin, as charities declare a housing crisis in the Irish capital. No...

 
  June 5th 2014

Homeless Worker’s Movement blocked roads to the stadium and set buses alight

With just weeks until the 2014 World Cup, homeless demonstrators and their supporters have taken place in a series of high-profi...

 
  June 5th 2014

Lack of support keeps people in a revolving door

People with a mental illness are at risk of being stuck in a "revolving door" in and out of homelessness without suppo...

 
  June 5th 2014

He was homeless for 14 years. Last month he signed his tenancy on the flat he hopes will be his first home.

She must have been in her late 60s at least, and she had clearly been on the streets for a long time. I don't think she ever tol...

 
  June 4th 2014

Up to 100 homeless people will lose support as two Soho hostels fall prey to cuts in funding

Up to 100 homeless people will lose support and a place to sleep, after it emerged that two hostels in Soho, London, will have t...

 
  June 4th 2014

How a group of hostel residents went from jam to photography

A group of young people living in a YMCA hostel in North London have raised money to put on an exhibition of their photographs t...

 
  June 4th 2014

Funding for a unique homelessness advice service has been cut for the third year in a row

Funding for a unique homelessness advice service has been cut for the third year in a row. The National Homelessness Advice Ser...

 
  May 12th 2014

TV production company asked to leave a day centre in Southhampton after they turned up uninvited

The TV production company which made the controversial documentary Benefits Street is now turning its attention to the homeless ...

 
  May 12th 2014

Millions of families a month away from being homeless, says Shelter

Millions of working families in the UK are living on a ‘financial knife edge’, a leading homeless charity has claime...

 
  May 12th 2014

Council plead six-week delay – until media interest

Council chiefs in Scotland’s capital city are struggling to deal with a six-week backlog in processing homeless applicatio...

 
  May 12th 2014

100 homeless people set to benefit from new scheme

A new pilot scheme run by St Mungo's Broadway and Crisis will give the most vulnerable homeless people training that the chariti...

 
  May 12th 2014

Manhattan bridge's shacks barely big enough to lie down in

A homeless man living in the bowels of one of New York’s most iconic bridges, has been evicted by New York authorities, it...

 
  May 12th 2014

Homeless people a health hazard, says Verona's right-wing mayor

Those providing food to homeless people living in the centre of Verona, in Italy, are to be fined €500 (£411) under n...

 
  April 5th 2014

We need some volunteers from among our readers, so get involved

So what do you think homeless people need to know about the issues that affect their lives? And do you think it’s about ti...

 
  April 5th 2014

Priyanka Mogul has started a campaign to give homeless people better access to books and hopes to start up libraries across London

Priyanka Mogul, journalist and manager of the International Political Forum has started a campaign – Spread the Word &ndas...

 
  April 5th 2014

Three orgamisations now deliver 80 per cent of all floating support

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...

 
  April 5th 2014

Attacks on homeless people up by nearly a quarter in one year

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

 
  April 5th 2014

More than one in four homeless families in NYC shelters is headed by a working adult

The number of homeless people staying overnight in New York City shelters has eclipsed the record-high population reported last ...

 
  March 13th 2014

Humza Yousef pays tribute to vendors who regularly have to deal with insults

A Scottish Government Minister, who agreed to sell the Big Issue as part of a profile-raising event, has spoken out after he was...

 
  March 13th 2014

HB from residents of a filthy, rat-infested hostel worth hundreds of thousands to its owners

The owners of one of Glasgow’s most notoriously run-down hostels have been condemned after it was revealed that they are m...

 
  March 13th 2014

There are twice as many vacant homes as there are homeless people

More than 11m homes lie empty across Europe – enough to house all of the continent’s homeless people twice over &n...

 
  March 13th 2014

Council spending doubles in two years

Bristol City Council is facing a ‘crisis’ in housing the increasing number of homeless people in the city. New figur...

 
  March 13th 2014

Religious leaders talk of a “national crisis” of hunger

A group of 27 Anglican bishops have attacked the government’s welfare reforms for creating a “national crisis”...

 
  March 13th 2014

Young Londoner fundraises to send 64-year-old back to Jamaica

A young woman from London has raised thousands of pounds to fly a homeless back to his native Jamaica, after launching a crowd-f...

 
  March 13th 2014

Walthamstow soup run moves towards judicial review

A Walthamstow soup kitchen involved in a long-running dispute with the local council has been given a court date for the judge t...

 
  March 13th 2014

Government statistics reveal a 35 per cent rise in two years

Rough sleeping continues to rise across England according to the latest statistics from the UK Government. The Autumn 2013 to...

 
  February 10th 2014

Our founding editor Richard Burdett stands down and the organisation takes on a new interim director

The Pavement is ringing the changes this year, as our founding editor Richard Burdett stands down and the organisation takes on ...

 
  February 10th 2014

New scheme to support Eastern Europeans at risk of rough sleeping has been launched

A new mentoring scheme to offer support to Eastern Europeans at risk of rough sleeping has been launched. The East European Pee...

 
  February 10th 2014

St Mungo’s and Broadway will merge from April

Two large homelessness charities, St Mungo’s and Broadway, are to merge from April 2014, it has emerged. The new charity ...

 
  February 10th 2014

Homeless woman had hypothermia after sheltering under a bridge

A homeless woman was found close to death with hypothermia after sheltering under a bridge for four days and living on canal wat...

 
  February 10th 2014

An unusual comic book hero has hit the streets to highlight the plight of the city’s homeless people

An unusual comic book hero has hit the streets of Berlin as part of an attempt to highlight the plight of the city's homeless pe...

 
  February 10th 2014

Abandoned buses have been turned over to Indian authorities

Abandoned buses have been turned over to authorities in India as shelters for the homeless, reports Al Jazeera. Officials also ...

 
  December 5th 2013

Temporary Christmas centres are set for a record number of guests this year

  A Christmas homeless event that opens temporary shelters to provide support, services and friendship for people with now...

 
  November 25th 2013

The annual service of commemoration at St Martin’s was, as usual, touching and heart-breaking

The annual Service of Commemoration at St Martin’s on 7 November commemorated and celebrated the lives of those homeless p...

 
  November 7th 2013

New website to remember the dead, written by people who knew them

A new website in memory in homeless people who have died is set to launch next year, building on the annual Service of Commemora...

 
  November 7th 2013

One man and his dog - in pictures

  A man and his dog who embarked on a six-month trek in the Scottish wilderness for us is launching a calendar featuring p...

 
  November 7th 2013

New guidelines stress quality and best practice

    Are sheets laundered daily and bedding laundered twice weekly? Are there separate sleeping areas for men and wom...

 
  November 7th 2013

Welfare cuts and rising cost of living to blame, say charities

  Citizens Advice Scotland (CAS) has condemned "Dickensian" levels of food poverty in response to new figures on...

 
  November 7th 2013

High tech comes to Swedish street paper

  Homeless people in Stockholm who sell the Swedish version of the Big Issue have become ‘cashless’ – th...

 
  November 7th 2013

Shipping containers a novel new solution to Brighton‘s homelessness crisis

  A housing association in Brighton has come up an innovative solution for housing the rising number of rough sleepers in ...

 
  November 6th 2013

Report shows fewer beds and less money in the incredible shrinking homelessness sector

  Homelessness services are shrinking, losing beds, staff and resources at the same time as the number of homeless people ...

 
  November 6th 2013


  A the 17-year-old forced to live in a tent for almost a year; a mother who fled domestic abuse and was housed in a B&...

 
  October 10th 2013

CIMW will call on bin collection companies to help it tackle the problem of homeless people dying in bins

The Chartered Institute of Waste Management (CIMW) will call on bin collection companies across the UK to help it tackle the pro...

 
  October 10th 2013

Regulars to raise over £2k for Fast Eddie’s funeral

Regulars at a pub have pledged to raise over £2,000 to pay for the funeral of a homeless man who was “like one of th...

 
  October 10th 2013

People who are neither homeless nor likely to be can now sell the mag

Concerns have been raised after a deal has been announced allowing people who are neither homeless – or at risk of finding...

 
  October 10th 2013

City to get guided tours by homeless residents

After Bath and London, Barcelona is the latest city to offer guided tours led by the people who know the streets the best: homel...

 
  October 10th 2013

Homeless man’s good deed leads to unexpected wealth

  A homeless man who handed in a bag he found containing $42,000 (£26,000) in cash and travellers cheques, could soo...

 
  October 10th 2013

Government makes second attempt at banning homelessness i

  The Hungarian Government is attempting to ban homelessness for the second time, after the country’s high court rul...

 
  September 7th 2013

Another homeless person is crushed to death in an industrial bin

  Another homeless man has been crushed to death while sleeping in an industrial bin in Dublin, Ireland, bringing the long...

 
  September 7th 2013

Seventy-five evicted from six blocks of flats, some of which were occupied for up to 32 years.

  Police and bailiffs evicted 75 squatters from six blocks of flats in Brixton, South London, last month, some of which we...

 
  September 7th 2013

Westminster should follow Scotland‘s example, says Crisis

  Westminster should follow Scotland’s example in tacking homelessness, says charity Crisis, as statistics reveal pe...

 
  September 7th 2013

Our monthly round-up of what‘s been happening...

  Begging to differ Two of Scotland’s local authorities are pressing ahead with plans to outlaw begging on the city...

 
  June 28th 2013

Donated sleeping bags and food confiscated to remove "negative impact"

  Police have targeted rough sleepers in Ilford, Essex, taking sleeping bags and food parcels donated by the public. Loca...

 
  June 28th 2013

Woman founsd in April identified after police appeal

  The body of a woman found dead on a canal bridge near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, on 22 April, has been identified follo...

 
  June 28th 2013

Vast majority of properties are unaffordable for benefit claimants

  Fewer than one per cent of London landlords say they are willing to accept tenants claiming benefits – one of many...

 
  May 20th 2013

Has somebody left you a pick-me-up? Have you left one for somebody else?

  British coffee lovers are adopting a new practice called suspended coffee, where they offer to buy a second cup of coffe...

 
  April 12th 2013

Council provided no evidence of antisocial behaviour (or complaints)

  The Christian Kitchen, a soup run in the London borough of Waltham Forest, which had been asked to move to a new locatio...

 
  April 12th 2013

Animal services called to deal with hungry reptile at storage facility

  An innovative luggage storage facility for use by homeless people in Venice, Los Angeles, (see The Pavement March issue)...

 
  April 12th 2013

Troubled authority to be "put out of its misery"

  The UK Borders Agency - the authority that has deported rough sleepers from Eastern Europe - is to be scrapped after hom...

 
  March 21st 2013

Council orders a local soup run to move after 20 years in the same spot

  A row is brewing in the London borough of Waltham Forest, where the local council has ordered a local soup run to move a...

 
  March 21st 2013

Homeless Venice Beach residents now have an innovative bag storage solution

  In the Californian town of Venice Beach, homeless residents have an alternative to carry their belongings with them, wit...

 
  March 21st 2013

Spitalfields Crypt Trust volunteer is trekking to the North Pole

  Spitalfields Crypt Trust in London has often had people running sponsored events to raise money for its work. Volunteer ...

 
  February 19th 2013

Tony Porter writes with his view of the seasonal service in London

A reader has contacted us with some kind words about Crisis's annual Christmas offering… "I have been attending C...

 
  February 5th 2013

Look out for yourself - and others

  Although it is not in the mainstream press anymore, the threat of work gangs picking people up from the streets is still...

 
  February 5th 2013

Man crushed to death by a rubbish compactor in California

  A man has been crushed to death by a rubbish compactor in the US state of California. Although California is considered...

 
  February 5th 2013

Homeless man died as a result of attack by three teens

  January saw the start of the trial in Liverpool of three boys accused of kicking homeless man, Kevin Bennett, to death. ...

 
  December 11th 2012


  Mark Horvath, the US founder of Invisible People, returned to the UK in the end of November. The Pavement covered his fi...

 
  December 11th 2012

Rough sleeper crushed by a falling tree

  One of the few people killed during the heaving flooding in November was sleeping rough. Twenty-one-year-old Michelle Co...

 
  December 11th 2012


  This Christmas a group from Crisis in Newcastle will release a single, the profits of which will go to Crisis and Street...

 
  December 11th 2012

Rough sleeper gets a rousing send-off from friends and acquaintances

  A coffin was carried through the Devon town of Totnes on 29 November, as a ‘street funeral’ for a local home...

 
  November 4th 2012

Almost half of shelter users are rough sleepers

Homeless Link, an umbrella organisation for homeless charities, has released research showing that one in four people who sought...

 
  September 11th 2012

Many readers will miss the man they got to know through the Simon Community

While we were on our publishing break we heard that Bill Moore, a stalwart of the Simon Community London, had died. To mark hi...

 
  July 5th 2012

 

  Homeless charity St Mungo’s has launched a new campaign to stop women becoming homeless and to help those who alre...

 
  June 15th 2012

Violent predator jailed for assault - finally

  Carl Whitfield, of no fixed address, was finally jailed this month for his string of assault charges resulting from an i...

 
  June 15th 2012

 

  Around 150 people gathered to celebrate the opening of a new hi-tech games room for homeless people in Birmingham. Lead...

 
  May 11th 2012

‘F**k the homeless’ T-shirt causes a stink

  Forgotten Vintage, a SIFA Fireside and Trident Reach the People retail outlet based in Birmingham city centre’s Gr...

 
  May 11th 2012

A £2 million loan fund will bring empty homes back into use, says Scottish government

  A £2 million loan fund is to be made available to bring empty homes back into use, the Scottish Government announc...

 
  May 11th 2012

Graffiti artist marks the opening of the new ‘cabin’

    Graffiti artist Stik marked the opening of the new ‘cabin’ at the American Church in April with one ...

 
  May 11th 2012

Have you noticed an influx in the middle of London?

  April saw the mainstream press running stories about Eastern European migrants “flooding” into London in ant...

 
  May 11th 2012

Underground Blackheath man moves into temporary accommodation

  An Iranian who has lived in a hole on Blackheath, London, for nearly four years, was housed in March. The elderly gentl...

 
  May 11th 2012

Newham tries to shunt its homeless families elsewhere

  In a move similar to Croydon Council’s plans to offer its residents housing in Hull, Yorkshire’s East Riding...

 
  May 11th 2012

Former rough sleeper will walk 276 miles to “give something back”

  Francis, a former rough sleeper and resident of Emmaus Gloucestershire, is on a sponsored walk Paris to raise money for ...

 
  May 11th 2012

Campaigners criticise SotS’s credentials

  A charity established by former members of the British National Party to help homeless ex-soldiers has been dogged by cr...

 
  May 11th 2012

It turns out hotspots are hotter...

  The word ‘hotspot’, when used by local authorities across the UK, usually preceeds a council action to move ...

 
  April 10th 2012

New funding is given out in London to help meet the 2012 target

  Early March saw the announcement from housing minister Grant Shapps of a new £5 million fund to tackle homelessnes...

 
  April 10th 2012

US rough sleepers being used as wifi hotspots causes controversy

  Controversy has been raised in the US on a homeless issue, but not one readers will have come across before - using roug...

 
  March 7th 2012

A tasteful Android phone app lets you hunt down rough sleepers

  Just as Itzcoatl Ocampo, the 23-year-old homeless serial killer in California (see The Pavement February issue), pleads ...

 
  February 11th 2012

Scottish Labour party urges government to “pull out all the stops”

  The Scottish Labour party has urged the SNP Government to “pull out all the stops” to reach the “ambit...

 
  February 11th 2012

Charity set up by Vietnam vet from Glasgowhelped around 30,000 homeless and disabled fellow veterans.

  A Scot whose work with a homeless charity saw him honoured by the US president is to be the subject of a Hollywood block...

 
  February 11th 2012

 See Cardboard Citizens’ latest production at the Riverside Studios for £1 if you have had experience of homelessness

  Cardboard Citizens’ latest production is running until 10 March at the Riverside Studios, with discounted tickets ...

 
  February 11th 2012

Budapest’s 10,000 homeless people run the rsk of prison or a fine

  A new regulation passed in Hungary makes homelessness punishable by a fine of nearly £400, or a spell in prison. ...

 
  February 11th 2012

Hungarian charities claim that up to 3,000 rough sleepers will be left without shelter

  A new regulation passed in Hungary makes homelessness punishable by a fine of nearly £400, or a spell in prison. ...

 
  February 11th 2012

Death from natural causes for man with “a good heart”

  A 45-year-old rough sleeper, Leonard Hiller, died outside Ilford Baths, Ilford, Greater London, on 27 December, but his ...

 
  February 11th 2012

 Downloadable poster for your day centre

 Every winter, we receive stories about people being injured because they’ve bedded down in a bin. If you’re a ...

 
  December 10th 2011

Annual service remembers 146 homeless men and women

  The church of St Martin-in-the-Fields was the venue for London’s annual service to commemorate those homeless peop...

 
  December 10th 2011

 Snow and wind chill must also be borne in mind

  No severe weather warnings have been issued by the Met Office at time of going to press, but if we do see worsen weather...

 
  December 10th 2011

Rough sleeper hands himself in...

  A rough sleeper in Birmingham was jailed at the end of October, having turned himself in to police for looting during th...

 
  December 10th 2011

 Shelter will remain open until March

  The Worcester Night Assessment Centre (NAC) has opened its doors as a homeless shelter, and is offering hot meals and be...

 
  November 12th 2011

 The charity’s sixth Skylight centre opens after a £3.5m transformation

  This month saw the UK’s sixth Crisis Skylight centre open its doors to the homeless. The impressive building - fo...

 
  November 8th 2011

 Second ballot could lead to November strike action

  The dispute at homeless charity Centrepoint continues, with a second ballot being called, which will be completed by 3 N...

 
  November 8th 2011

Swansea man swapped shoes to confuse investigation, says prosecution

  The trial of a homeless man accused of assisting in the cover-up of a murder continues in Swansea. Christopher Hughes, 3...

 
  November 8th 2011

DGHP to give priority to ex-service personnel and their families

  Ex-service men and women are to be given a priority route into affordable housing by a Scottish housing association. Th...

 
  November 8th 2011

Shelter Scotland warns of the possibility of a significant rise in the number of homeless people

  Leading housing charity Shelter Scotland has warned that the current economic climate threatens to create the ‘per...

 
  October 7th 2011

The Crisis Welfare Network comes to the West Midlands

  The Crisis Welfare Network focuses on investigating how government welfare to work programmes and strategies are support...

 
  October 7th 2011

 Dorset Fire and Rescue called in and building cordoned off as a precaution

  Police have uncovered a suspected crystal meth factory at Sunrise Lodge in Bournemouth. Officers were called to the hom...

 
  October 7th 2011

 Cold water and no lifts (but amazing staff)

  Homeless charity Centrepoint’s Greek Street hostel, in the centre of London’s Soho, had interruptions to its...

 
  October 7th 2011

 Team beats Mexico - and 63 other teams - for a resounding victory

  Scotland’s national homeless football team has been celebrating after winning the final of the Homeless World Cup ...

 
  October 7th 2011

 SAMH aims to establish support networks across the country

  Scottish mental health charity SAMH has launched a new national programme to prevent suicide and support people affected...

 
  September 17th 2011

 Recession hits participating restaurants and homeless charity alike

  A scheme raising funds for homeless charities by adding £1 on to diners’ restaurants bills, is calling for p...

 
  July 8th 2011

Service users will write, edit and produce a magazine based on their own experiences

  Birmingham Drug And Alcohol Team, based in Aston in Birmingham, are planning to launch a new quarterly pan-Birmingham ne...

 
  July 8th 2011

Former addict‘s comic strip warns younger people about falling into his former life

  A former drug addict has found a novel way of telling others about his life and at the same time warning younger people ...

 
  July 8th 2011

American rough sleeper inherits significant windfall

  A man in the American state of Utah was tracked by a private investigator in June, so he could receive a “signific...

 
  July 8th 2011

Veteran charity CEO gets OBE

  Homeless ex-servicemen and women in England will be pleased to have seen Hugh Milroy in included in the Queen’s Bi...

 
  June 9th 2011

He really is a super man

  A very different kind of movement to help the homeless is gaining ground in the US. The Real Life Superheroes are advoca...

 
  June 9th 2011

FEANTSA calls for governments to respect EU directive

  FEANTSA, the European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless, has questioned the policy of depor...

 
  May 13th 2011

Striker drops a cool grand in Manchester

Mario Balotelli, a player for Manchester City football club, is thought to have given a rough sleeper £1,000 cash after ...

 
  April 16th 2011

Staffordshire‘s young people help out

The Staffordshire Council of Voluntary Youth Services Action Team is a group of young volunteers from the Chase district. They...

 
  April 16th 2011

Funding cuts to blame

The Helpdesk at St Martin's in the Bullring in Birmingham is an open-door drop-in that offers a range of support to vulnerable...

 
  March 11th 2011

Council wants to criminalise rough sleeping and soup runs

On 24 February, Westminster City Council announced a consultation period for a new byelaw, which will ban rough sleeping and t...

 
  March 10th 2011

Young peiple at risk of homelessness get dapper dwellings

An innovative interior design project devised for tenants at risk of becoming homeless has teamed up with a number of housing ...

 
  March 10th 2011

Almost 100 reports after call for action

A website that encourages people to spot potential homes that are lying empty - and then put pressure on their local council t...

 
  March 10th 2011

Police and UKBA officials will not be present, says NSNO director

In February, The Pavement received the briefing documents for No Second Night Out (NSNO), the project due to start in April as...

 
  March 10th 2011

£18.5m to tackle rough sleeping is old funding, but protected...

On 17 February, Communities Minister Andrew Stunnell announced £18.5 million will be allocated to tackling rough sleepin...

 
  March 10th 2011

If you have information about Tottenham Paul, contact Crimestoppers

Police in Reading, Berkshire, are seeking help from homeless people in the area in trying to solve the murder of a rough sleep...

 
  March 10th 2011

Prince calls for businesses to do more for homeless people

HRH The Prince of Wales visited a historic London hostel on 16 February (pictured). However, the royal guest did not turn up o...

 
  March 10th 2011

Please be alert if you use or know someone who uses

For several months now there has been an acute shortage of heroin in some parts of the UK, which has lead to an increased risk...

 
  February 11th 2011

Trial of  "really kind guy" will begin in April

Two men have been charged with the murder of another homeless man in Swansea, and their case will begin in April. A further ma...

 
  February 11th 2011

You need a permit for that...

The Texan city of Houston has begun enforcing ordnance that restricts provision of food to those on the street by requiring an...

 
  December 9th 2010

Passing the Bill signals a victory for homeless people and those at risk of losing their homes

When the Scottish Parliament passed Scotland's Housing Bill at Holyrood on Wednesday, 3 November, it signalled a victory for h...

 
  December 9th 2010

Council says funding cut to the service which referred it to the Ombudsman was because of limited finances

A London council has been accused of forcing the closure of a housing advice service because it had referred them to the Local...

 
  December 9th 2010

A formerly homeless Croydon man shares some festive cheer

A former rough sleeper is spreading seasonal cheer to homeless people in Croydon. Chris Collins is collecting toiletries, rad...

 
  December 9th 2010

Homeless man returns cash-stuffed backpack

A good story appeared in November, which reaffirms our faith in humanity: a homeless man in the US state of Arizona found a ba...

 
  December 9th 2010

An extra pound on the bill can change lives, charity tells customers

A successful charity campaign that raises money for homelessness projects by targeting restaurant customers is extending its f...

 
  December 9th 2010

Number of people seeking temporary accommodation rises by 40 per cent

The Council in Aberdeen has been struggling to cope with the rising numbers of homeless people seeking accommodation in the ci...

 
  December 9th 2010

A reader (and volunteer) undertook an epic walk in aid of the magazine

Gary Birdsall, aged 37 and originally from Yorkshire, has been homeless for over 10 years, but has been volunteering for The P...

 
  December 9th 2010

Fungus hits poppy crop

Drugs addiction teams across the UK are on alert with a spate of heroin overdoses in November, caused by a shortage of the dru...

 
  November 15th 2010

Commemorating the homeless dead

The annual service of commemoration for people who have died on the streets in the last year was held, as usual, in St Martin'...

 
  November 2nd 2010

We look into the announcement of a central homeless assessment centre

A new 'hub' for rough sleepers in London is being planned under the London Delivery Board's 'No Second Night Out' (NSNO) plan....

 
  November 2nd 2010

We look at the detail behind the closure of a day centre

In the September issue (Goodbye, Rochester Row), we reported the sad closure of an iconic London day centre, Rochester Row. Ye...

 
  November 2nd 2010

Shelter claims its campaign among housing associations has had an impact

A new report from Shelter has revealed that evictions by Scottish housing associations have fallen by more than a third over t...

 
  November 2nd 2010

We look at Scotland‘s leading charity supporting people living with HIV and Hepatitis C

Waverley Care is Scotland's leading charity supporting people living with HIV and Hepatitis C. Someone can be living with HIV...

 
  October 1st 2010

We look at the new guidance on conducting street counts

On 14 September, the department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) marked the biggest reform in years to the way the numb...

 
  October 1st 2010

Homeless outcry at removal of Haight-Ashbury McDonald‘s dollar menu

The San Francisco Chronicle has recorded an outcry from homeless people in one neighbourhood of their city, but it's not because...

 
  October 1st 2010

Tower Hamlets slashes Providence Row‘s annual funding by £100k

London day centre Providence Row has told The Pavement of cuts being to its funding that mirror funding reductions many charitie...

 
  October 1st 2010

Victoria House will help address the city‘s chronic accommodation shortage

A derelict building in Aberdeen will be converted into a 30-bed residency to address the severe lack of homeless accommodation i...

 
  September 16th 2010

New CLG guidelines expand the definition of rough sleepers but councils can now guess numbers

On 14 September, the department of Communities and Local Government (CLG) marked the biggest reform in years to the way the numb...

 
  September 9th 2010

London will lose 118 bed spaces in 2011

One of London's larger homeless hostels is due to close in 2011, at a time when the country is still in recession and the new ho...

 
  September 9th 2010

Housing association secures loan to build more than 400 affordable homes

A housing association in the Highlands has secured a £40 million bank loan to build more than 400 affordable houses over t...

 
  July 8th 2010

Victoria‘s busy day centre under threat

The Salvation Army is reviewing its services and considering the future of their busy day centre in Victoria, London. Rumour...

 
  July 4th 2010

North London landmark overcomes a tricky refurbishment

North London's famous Arlington House has reopened after a long and troublesome refurbishment. The Victorian hostel, famous ...

 
  July 4th 2010

Post-mortem reveals internal injuries

Police in County Durham are investigating the death of a homeless man found in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Church, Darlington, ...

 
  July 4th 2010

The current system makes a mockery of the scale of the problem, says new housing minister

On 16 Jun, the new housing minister, Grant Shapps MP, made his most important announcement to date, stating that the current &qu...

 
  July 4th 2010

HIV+ pair were housed on remote island three hours from essential hospital treatment

A homeless couple has been forced to move from Argyll and Bute after a council housed them hours from a hospital equipped with t...

 
  July 4th 2010

ECAP claims success against workfare provider

Opponents of compulsory 'work for your benefits' schemes plan demonstrated outside workfare provider A4e's Edinburgh office as t...

 
  July 4th 2010

Scottish housing minister opens energy-efficient homes for 102 families

A new affordable housing development marking a major milestone in the regeneration of Edinburgh's waterfront this month. Goo...

 
  July 4th 2010

It‘s not a case of if repossessions will go up but how high, says director

Graeme Brown, director of Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity, responded to the news that interest rates wil...

 
  July 4th 2010

The Scottish Government must do all it can for unintentionally homeless households, says minister.

Local authorities will offer more options to those facing the prospect of homelessness, the Minister for Housing and Communities...

 
  June 7th 2010

Foyer Works to give young homeless people work carrying out property maintenance in Banff and Buchan.

Foyer Works, a branch of charity Aberdeen Foyer that creates jobs for disadvantaged young people, has been contracted to carry o...

 
  June 7th 2010

Guerrilla art in Portobello amuses The Pavement

We were tickled by this example of guerrilla art in Portobello, whose creator thought the shabby fence surrounding a nice piece ...

 
  June 7th 2010

Edinburgh council is again under fire - from one of its own councillors

Edinburgh council is again under fire, this time from one of its own councillors, who claims its current way of measuring the nu...

 
  June 7th 2010

Streetwork UK to convert a vacant Edinburgh shop into a new cafe to be staffed by the homeless

Streetwork UK has just been given planning permission to convert a vacant Edinburgh shop into a new cafe to be staffed by the ho...

 
  June 7th 2010

Get in touch with your stories

We had hoped to bring you news on how many homeless people voted in the recent election, but unfortunately the Electoral Commiss...

 
  May 6th 2010

The Border Agency‘s trial scheme to remove Eastern Europeans has begun

United Kingdom Border Agency (UKBA) has begun a trial scheme in April to deport Eastern European (A10) nationals who are sleepin...

 
  May 6th 2010

Download our letter and appeal

In December issue of our London edition, we ran a feature by Alan Murdie, a barrister with the Zacchæus 2000 Trust, explai...

 
  May 6th 2010


A rumour reached The Pavement that Operation Poncho had been suspended. Under the operation, the City of London Police conduct '...

 
  May 6th 2010

San Fransisco‘s homeless bookworms are sorted!

In London, specialist homeless outreach has been deployed at Heathrow and on number 25 buses, after rough sleepers were found in...

 
  May 6th 2010

Health and safety at work hits panhandling

In Tampa, Florida, USA, beggars asking for small change at road junctions are being forced to comply with a safety code that mea...

 
  April 3rd 2010


Employees at HBJ Gateley Wareing have donated 1.035 tonnes of household goods to Starter Packs Glasgow. The law firm's Edinburg...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Crisis and St Mungo‘s coordinate - but it‘s not a merger

National charity Crisis has formed a 'strategic alliance' with London's largest homeless charity, St Mungo's, the aim being to &...

 
  April 3rd 2010

B&B accommodation for long-term rough sleepers

The charity St Mungo's and The City of London Corporation opened The Lodge at St Ursula's in March, offering B&B-style accom...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Another joint police/outreach operation

Rough sleepers have been moved on in east Oxford, the local authority announced on 10 March. As has been common in recent years...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Homeless advice worker loses job

Cuts by Hackney Council, in North London, have forced the redundancy of the advice worker at North London Action for the Homeles...

 
  April 3rd 2010

Funding is cut for one of the few places for teenage runaways

March has seen the threatened closure of one of the only hostels offering shelter to very young runaways. The six-bed London Ref...

 
  March 5th 2010

Biffa emphasises safety

Following past reports of deaths, injuries and near misses for readers in skips and bins, particularly during the winter, The Pa...

 
  March 5th 2010

The Prince of Wales visits unique programme for traumatised ex-forces and homeless people

HRH The Prince of Wales visited The Warrior Programme on 10 February at its London office in Fulham. The charity provides a uni...

 
  March 5th 2010

It‘s all the rage...

It seems that sleeping out to raise money for rough sleepers is all the rage, both sides of the Atlantic. A week doesn't go by w...

 
  March 5th 2010

East End institution celebrates 150 years

Providence Row, based in London's East End, is marking its 150th birthday in 2010. Founded in 1860 by Father Daniel Gilbert aft...

 
  February 4th 2010

20-year-old charity‘s future at risk

Borderline, the charity which supports Scots facing homelessness in London (and a longtime stockist of our sister edition), rece...

 
  February 4th 2010

More private rented sector housing for unintentionally homeless people

The Scottish Parliament this month passed new regulations to allow more use of the private rented sector for rehousing those mad...

 
  February 4th 2010

Straight from hospital to the street...

 January began with an Evening Standard story on a homeless man being discharged during the first week of the New Year onto...

 
  February 4th 2010

Yes, another dead person who isn‘t

 Last March and July we ran two stories about the memorial pages for rough sleepers ‘Toxic Terry' and ‘Duvet Ma...

 
  February 4th 2010

The 97-year-old American who was living in her car in LA has died.

American Bessie Mae Berger, the 97-year-old who was living in her car in Los Angeles, has died. The nonagenarian, whose stor...

 
  November 13th 2009

Our cover story

Tributes marked the railings outside St John's Church, Waterloo, London, where Gary died in early October. A rough sleeper w...

 
  November 13th 2009

Shortage of family housing contributing to problem

The number of homeless people in Edinburgh is on the increase, with the problem being exacerbated by a shortage in affordable fa...

 
  November 13th 2009

Sale of social housing to end in 2010

A quarter of Scottish households lives in social housing - that's over 600,000 households across the country. Since its introduc...

 
  November 13th 2009

Minister welcomes Shelter report

Housing Minister Alex Neil backed housing charity Shelter Scotland's recent call for the UK Government to unlock more money for ...

 
  November 13th 2009

Protection for tenants whose landlord goes bust

It is estimated that up to 300 households a year are affected in Scotland when a landlord lets out a property in breach of a mor...

 
  November 13th 2009

Affordable Scottish housing thanks to £50m loan

Scottish housing associations are to benefit from access to a £50 million European lending facility, the Scottish Governme...

 
  November 13th 2009

Glasgow is improving, but huge challenges remain

The latest official figures on poverty in Scotland, the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD), show that Glasgow has con...

 
  November 13th 2009

Crisis recognises a new talent

An ex-homeless woman has been recognised at a national awards ceremony for getting her life back on track. Celia Sa, 36, was nam...

 
  October 3rd 2009

The 999 Club has a royal visitor

The 999 Club and its day centre in Deptford had a royal guest on 10th September. For nearly an hour, Her Royal Highness the D...

 
  October 2nd 2009

A rough sleeper in Ramsgate, Kent, made an unpleasant discovery on 28th September, finding a badly decomposed body. He found ...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Pink slips to be simplified

Readers who have pockets full of bulky stop-and-search forms, the pink slips given by the police when conducting stop and search...

 
  October 2nd 2009

The latest meeting of London's Soup Run Forum occurred on 7th September and discussed implementing the findings of the report on...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Rough sleeper leaves small fortune

When Londoner Johnny Hubbard died recently, aged 74, he did so without knowing that he was leaving a small fortune as inheritanc...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Fundraiser and former rough sleeper Bojo has gone

Some readers in London will be sad to read that Phil Amanet - Bojo the Clown - has died in Essex aged 55. Though he is known ...

 
  October 2nd 2009

The American Girl Doll Company‘s latest product hits the streets

The American Girl Doll Company, a US toy manufacturer known for its expensive range of dolls with a life story, has produced a n...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Go on - have a carrot!

A cobbler in China has been reported on around the world for his answer to the hard times - using a converted rabbit hutch to ho...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Check out the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival!

Led by the Mental Health Foundation and its partners, the Mental Health Arts and Film Festival runs until 22nd October. The full...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Glasgow City Mission has a brand-new centre at the heart of the city

Glasgow City Mission has just moved into a brand-new purpose-built centre at the heart of the city. The building was constru...

 
  October 2nd 2009

Repair houses instead of tearing them down, says activist.

As homeless people struggle to secure a tenancy and hard working families are forced to pay through the nose for poor and often ...

 
  September 28th 2009

Homeless man who breached ASBO is told to leave Yorkshire

A homeless man caught in breach of his anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) has been told to move out of East Yorkshire and "...

 
  September 27th 2009

Information on soup runs, a homelessness conference and CapitalArts events

Some events coming up in the next couple of months: Good news for soup runs! On Wednesday 8th February the new London Soup R...

 
  September 27th 2009

Mare Street hostel reopens better facilities - and it‘s greener!

A north London hostel has reopened after a £5m facelift, with beds for 60 people and a more energy-efficient utilities sy...

 
  September 27th 2009

Projects helping homeless and disadvantaged people in Scotland are concerned

Projects in Scotland helping homeless and disadvantaged people are concerned that Government funding is being cut. A worker a...

 
  September 27th 2009

Join up if you enjoy singing

The Choir with No Name, London's choir for homeless men and women, is on the hunt for new members following its growth over the ...

 
  September 27th 2009

Walking for the Rock Trust

22nd August saw a sponsored 5km route around some of the capital's most famous sights, to raise money for the Rock Trust, which ...

 
  September 27th 2009

The Seeds of Exclusion 2009 report from The Salvation Army into the underlying causes and outcomes of social exclusion and homel...

 
  September 27th 2009

September conference announced.

A conference on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th September, will bring together churches, professionals and volunteers working in...

 
  September 26th 2009

Industrial waste firm Biffa warns about near-misses and one death

Over the winter months, an increasing number of readers are climbing into waste containers in order to keep warm, particularly o...

 
  September 26th 2009

Krzysztof Marszalek died from an overdose, says inquest

A Polish man who died on 8th November last year had visited the Accident and Emergency department at St Thomas the day before, a...

 
  September 26th 2009

Stonewall helps us out with some gay-friendly resources

In response to Guy's letter (Letters, The Pavement, 28), about finding a place to meet up with others who are gay and homeless, ...

 
  September 26th 2009

Spitalfield Crypt Trust will benefit from an astonishing fundraising effort

Well done to Peter Pickles, who, having recovered from a violent attack last year (Issue 20 of The Pavement), has completed a wa...

 
  September 26th 2009

Westminster Street Population Team will not be issuing ASBOs

Just after losing the contract to provide outreach work in the City, St Mungo's has won a contract to run the Westminster Street...

 
  September 26th 2009

One of Camden‘s landmark buildings will go to the highest bidder

The future of a famous London hostel is in question after it was announced last month that Camden-based Arlington House has been...

 
  September 26th 2009

The Highland Homeless Trust expresses concerns about the number of youngsters sleeping rough in Inverness

A charity has voiced concern over the growing numbers of homeless teenagers in Inverness. The Highland Homeless Trust expressed ...

 
  September 10th 2009

Senior Edinburgh Council manager suggests homeless man be shot.

Council bosses in Edinburgh have launched an investigation against a senior council manager in charge of getting homeless people...

 
  July 11th 2009

St Mungo‘s has lost the outreach/CAT worker contract for the City to Broadway. However, readers in the City need not worry about the changes.

Luton Sinfield, of St Mungo's community services, told The Pavement: "St Mungo's will no longer be providing street outreach ser...

 
  July 11th 2009

Dunedin Harbour Hostel residents learn DIY skills from interior designers

A TV makeover-style style project saw homeless people at a hostel in Leith brighten up their surroundings with a project designe...

 
  July 11th 2009

Rough sleeper escapes death in waste lorry by seconds

A homeless man is found dead at a waste disposal site on the same day a rough sleeper is almost crushed by a bin lorry. Raymo...

 
  July 11th 2009

Six teens are arrested for the murder of Bournemouth seller Ralph Millward

Dorset police have arrested six teenagers, four boys and two girls, after the suspicious death of a Bournemouth Big Issue seller...

 
  July 11th 2009

Get your teeth sorted from mid-July!

From 20th July NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde will be providing a dental service for homeless people. It is mainly to cater t...

 
  July 11th 2009

Scottish Federation of HAs and Shelter Scotland welcome the move

Government plans to scrap the right to buy for new-build affordable housing in Scotland have been welcomed by The Scottish Feder...

 
  July 7th 2009

Police told to stick to the rules in case of cameras

With the airing of another reality TV show, this time the BBC's Famous, Rich and Homeless, the police are being accused of chang...

 
  July 7th 2009

Tributes are a little premature...

A rough sleeper from Hastings has his own fan-base on Facebook, but one paying tribute on the assumption that he died. As wit...

 
  July 7th 2009

Rough sleeper turns himself in to get off the streets

A Brighton man living rough told his wife he wanted to return to prison shortly before carrying out a bank raid. According to...

 
  June 2nd 2009

Protect yourself against getting burned

Edinburgh's homeless people are to be given free sun cream in time for this summer's predicted hot weather. The Co-operative Pha...

 
  May 26th 2009

Free materials, hammer, saw, hacksaw and nails are all you need to build a home

A 40-year-old web designer from California, USA, has responded to the recession and the potential threat of losing his job by de...

 
  May 25th 2009

Shelter Scotland will use its additional funding to develop its housing law service, says its head of services

Twenty-nine projects will receive £2.4 million from the Scottish Government to help tackle homelessness and provide debt ...

 
  May 25th 2009

Locals worry that a new house for up to eight homeless families would affect their primary school

News that a Victorian mansion in Kinnoull was being converted to house up to eight homeless families on a temporary basis prompt...

 
  May 25th 2009

Ross Finnie challenges Alex Salmond over affordable housing investment in Edinburgh and Glasgow

Ross Finnie, MSP, the Scottish Liberal Democrat spokesperson on health, challenged Alex Salmond over affordable housing investme...

 
  May 25th 2009

London NHS trust seeks discharge co-ordinator

Having reported the problem of homeless in-patients either being discharged to the street or bed blocking (see Issue 32, London ...

 
  May 25th 2009

Shelter Scotland urges Alex Neil him to breathe life into Scotland‘s housing target

Shelter Scotland praised the contribution former Communities Minister Stewart Maxwell has made following the news he has been re...

 
  May 25th 2009

Jimmy Kerr and Dougie Canning highlight the plight of rough sleepers in Paisley

Scottish Socialist Party (SSP) members Jimmy Kerr and Dougie Canning camped outside Renfrewshire Council offices earlier this mo...

 
  May 25th 2009

Waking people without a compelling reason is illegal under common law, says barrister

Housing Justice launch ed its report 'Rough Sleeping: Compassion vs Coercion' with a discussion at Bloomsbury Central Baptist Ch...

 
  May 25th 2009

ScotsCare and Borderline will work together for London‘s homeless Scots

London-based Scottish charities ScotsCare and Borderline (both stockists of The Pavement) have formed a new alliance, working to...

 
  May 25th 2009

Come and get food, blankets and alcohol, urge mysterious couple at non-existent address

Some rough sleepers in central London have received an unusual invitation (pictured), offering them food, blankets and alcohol, ...

 
  May 25th 2009

A rough sleeper loses his railway hut after being arrested

A rough sleeper, who had been using a tin railway hut for shelter, has been evicted by police in Croydon, south London. Briti...

 
  May 25th 2009

Students design cabins for Vancouver‘s homeless men and women

Responding to continued high numbers of homeless in Vancouver, Canada, Christian Blyt, an associate professor at the city's Emil...

 
  May 25th 2009

Contribute to your new creative writing magazine

The Voice, a new magazine for people experiencing homelessness and other disadvantages, is a tool to improve literacy skills and...

 
  May 25th 2009

Homeless charities in Edinburgh have been forced to close as Edinburgh City Council‘s ‘robust tendering‘ process forces Edinburgh homeless charities to close

Homeless charities in Edinburgh have been forced to close as Edinburgh City Council launches a new 'robust tendering' process in...

 
  May 25th 2009

The Rock Trust hopes to secure more funding for a movie about being young and homeless in Edinburgh

A group of young homeless people in Edinburgh have made a movie about their experiences. One Life tells the story of vulnerable ...

 
  May 24th 2009

Shelter with dignity and hot showers from a young US charity

World Shelters.org is trying to find partners among US government departments and NGOs to provide sustainable transitional housi...

 
  May 24th 2009

Mike Leigh joins London movie-buffs at a gala showing of Naked

The Open House Film Club, the homeless film group in London, had a larger than usual venue for its showing of Mike Leigh's 1993 ...

 
  May 24th 2009

Glen Heaton‘s brainchild is clearly fulfilling a need among homeless browsers

Since its launch, the numbers visiting Streetmate continue to rise. The self-help homeless site, which we reported on last month...

 
  May 24th 2009

Plans for a 22-bed hostel withdrawn as local residents worry about house prices falling

Plans to open a homeless hostel opposite Edinburgh‚Äö?Ñ?¥s George Watson‚Äö?Ñ?¥s College have been withdrawn after p...

 
  May 24th 2009

The delayed sale of Huntly House may well hold up the development of a new centre and flats

The current downturn in the property market will likely hold up the development of a new centre and flats for the homeless in In...

 
  May 24th 2009

New benefit will further disadvantage claimants with mental health problems, says Mind

Campaigners have warned that thousands of people with mental health problems will be driven into poverty with the introduction o...

 
  May 24th 2009

More than 7,000 children in Scotland are living in temporary accomodation, according to new figures

According to new figures from the Scottish Government, the number of homeless households has risen to over 40,000, signalling a ...

 
  May 24th 2009

A new training programme aimed at helping people who have experienced homelessness to build a new life has been launched in Glasgow. The 4Front Learning project tackles issues which directly affect homeless people, providing essential life and employability skills that will help them sustain tenancies. The ‘Unheard Voices‘ theatre group perform at the launch of a new training initiative 4Front Learning

A new training programme aimed at helping people who have experienced homelessness to build a new life has been launched in Glas...

 
  May 24th 2009

The film festival panellists will include the manager of Scotland‘s Homeless World Cup team

Mental health is an issue that almost everyone encounters at some point in their lives. The Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film...

 
  May 24th 2009

The design challenge: what on earth to do with old mattresses

They're as common a sight on city streets as the swelling ranks of the homeless; yet they're rarely seen in a soup kitchen, and ...

 
  May 24th 2009

Be careful and watch out for each other

At the end of November an 81-year-old homeless man burnt to death in Nuevos Francos, near Salamanca. The Guardia Civil investiga...

 
  May 24th 2009

Prime minister contradicts president on issue of "obligatory shelter for homeless people when the temperature drops too low"

Homeless organisations in France are opposing a plan to oblige rough sleepers to accept shelter during cold weather. With thr...

 
  May 24th 2009

Operation Poncho charity wins awards for being a good employer

After the ongoing controversy of Broadway's involvement in working with the police and Corporation of London on a strategy to wa...

 
  May 24th 2009

Edinburgh is paying to house more than four times as many homeless people as anywhere else in Scotland

Figures just published show Edinburgh is paying to house more than four times as many homeless people as anywhere else in Scotla...

 
  May 24th 2009

The Scotland team will be at the kick-off of the Homeless World Cup in Australia

Lanarkshire businesses pledged ¬¨¬£10,000 to ensure Scotland‚Äö?Ñ?¥s homeless football team could travel to the World ...

 
  May 24th 2009

Grampian police warn of dangerous fires

Following a recent blaze in a derelict building in Aberdeen, police have issued a warning to those who may be sheltering in empt...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The connection with the Lion in the Chronicles of Narnia is intentional, but Aslan also stands for the All Souls Local Action Network

Going out at 3am to meet with a soup run isn't perhaps necessary but seeing behind the scenes is all important to getting a rati...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The boffins from Imperial College produce some pretty decent grub

Most of the soup runs one comes across are church-based, or at least faith-based in their rationale, but this month's group are ...

 
  May 23rd 2009

The Games have every chance of making a valuable contribution to tackling homelessness in the capital

The Pavement (TP) - What response do you have to the suggestions that the rough sleepers headcounts have been fixed, by, among o...

 
  May 23rd 2009

Hunters for the Hungry and Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry are donating wild venison to local food banks and shelters, Time Magazine reports

No matter how fresh your meals are, they are unlikely to beat a growing number of those being offered to rough sleepers in the U...

 
  May 22nd 2009

The deadline to apply for grants to help you "move towards a work-based, vocational goal" is fast approaching

The deadline to apply for the Changing Lives Award is fast approaching, and all applications must be made by 14th July. The C...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Voicemail service is now free

Retrieving messages left via the voicemail4all service is now free. The service, featured in issue 6, provides a free 0208 vo...

 
  May 22nd 2009

London is the only Western European capital in which the rates of TB are increasing

Tuberculosis or TB has long been thought of as a disease people used to contract in the past, but recent data has revealed it is...

 
  May 22nd 2009

St Mungo‘s opens emergency shelter in below-zero weather

If numb hands and face did not tell you, or you had not read the Met Office forecast, it was cold in mid-February. So cold that ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Director urges charity‘s supporters to stop donating until a staff pay dispute is resolved

Award-winning film director Ken Loach has urged its supporters to stop donating to Shelter until a pay dispute within the large ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

If you need music in your life, your wish has been granted

All-comers are invited to the first rehearsal of a new choir for London's homeless or formerly homeless. The choir director, Mar...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Poetry evening highlights the talent and vitality of ‘outsiders‘

An evening of poetry, music and visual arts at St Pancras Parish Church on 31st January in aid of Housing Justice, was one of al...

 
  May 22nd 2009

the UK‘s only homeless people‘s professional theatre company presents Büchner‘s masterpiece of paranoia

Cardboard Citizens, the UK's only homeless people's professional theatre company, has a new play on, Woyzeck - a revival of the ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

We are trying to discover more, but in the meantime, read the Department of Health guidelines

Following Lisa's letter about the death of her daughter who was discharged from hospital onto the street (Letters, The Pavement,...

 
  May 22nd 2009

A growing number of Polish workers are being dumped at hostels by ‘friends‘

A gang of Poles are charging their fellow countrymen £250 each for the promise of work and accommodation, then dropping t...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Animal charity announces pet care session in Walthamstow

British pet charity The Blue Cross recently launched a new veterinary service in Walthamstow. The weekly mobile clinic, mann...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Soho‘s Open House Film Club welcomes Ken Loach

Award-winning director Ken Loach introduced his latest film, It's A Free World, a film about the exploitation of migrant labour,...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Shaun Underwood wins "fun, but tough" competition

Monday 25th February saw 20 players take part in a homeless chess competition organised by Salvation Army, held at Rochester Row...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Peter Scott succeeds Wylie White at the venerable Scotland-focused charity

Peter Scott has been appointed the new chairman of ScotsCare, the charity for Scots in London. Mr Scott is originally from B...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Three men, including a teenager, have each received a five-year sentence after attacking a homeless man in Wakefield, Yorkshire, last August

Kumran Yasin, 20, Craig Thomason, 28, and Mark Haigh, 19, were condemned by a Leeds Crown Court judge for their attack on Philli...

 
  May 22nd 2009

A 38-year-old man was due to appear in court last week, charged with murdering a homeless man whose body was found in a disused Scout hut in Essex

Paul Tobin, from Whitchards, Basildon, is charged with the murder of Mark Woodley, who was found dead in the building in Kingswo...

 
  May 22nd 2009

The St Giles-in-the-Field cafe‘s mix of food and advice is a roaring success

The Simon Community have had such a success with their street caf?© at St Giles-in-the-Field, near Denmark Street, that they'...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Economists have warned tens of thousands of homeowners could be made homeless this year, as repossessions soar in the wake of the sub-prime mortgage crisis

More than 33,000 people ‚Äö?Ñ?¨ a rise of 23 per cent - could lose their homes as banks fail to pass on the interest rate ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

A homeless man was forced to throw himself from a moving van after being held against his will

An investigation by a local paper has revealed that three years ago a homeless man was forced to throw himself from a moving van...

 
  May 22nd 2009

If you drink hospitals‘ gel, you‘ll soon be back as a patient - if you‘re lucky

Older readers, who can remember those on the street drinking White Ladies (meths mixed with VP tonic wine), will think the bad o...

 
  May 22nd 2009

The New Hanbury Project opens with workshops, an art room, a confidential counselling space and a garden

May 20th marked the official opening of the New Hanbury Project, a training and education centre, operated by the Spitalfields ...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Camden Calling‘s ambitious fundraiser in Kentish town will be promoted by acoustic pub gigs

Camden Calling, launched as an umbrella for arts projects for the homeless, have already organized their first event - Benefit b...

 
  May 22nd 2009

Addict will be based on the biography of Stephen Smith, who spent more than half a decade living on the streets addicted to alcohol and amphetamines

The real-life story of a homeless drug addict is to be turned into a film by one of the stars of The Lord of the Rings. Andy Sel...

 
  May 22nd 2009

The party‘s housing spokeswoman calls for London‘s 100,000 disused buildings to be made available to house rough sleepers and the vulnerably housed

The Liberal Democrats' London housing spokeswoman, Dee Doocey, has called for London's 100,000 disused buildings to be made avai...

 
  May 22nd 2009

StreetShine aims to give people who have experienced homelessness the chance to earn a regular income in the City

Are you looking for work? A new enterprise has started up called StreetShine that aims to give people 'who have experienced home...

 
  May 21st 2009

31 January: drug alert

Westminster Drug And Alcohol Action Team released another alert on 31st January. It stated that those using the needle exchange ...

 
  May 21st 2009

Westminster will not extend the charity‘s outreach contract in the new financial year

Rumours that Thames Reach were going to lose some of their funding from Westminster Council were proved true recently. James ...

 
  May 21st 2009

25 arrested on suspicion of drugs offences

On 30th November 2006, police carried out a series of raids on properties providing accommodation to the homeless, across Kensin...

 
  May 21st 2009

The London Run‘s figurehead, The Colonel, will be sorely missed

"Jim learnt about the London Run many years ago, and very soon organised the people around Gerrard's Cross (especially those inv...

 
  May 21st 2009

Difficult relationship with Westminster under discussion

Attendees of the Soup Run Forum have voiced concerns over active discouragement from Westminster Council. The latest forum wa...

 
  May 21st 2009

Homeless people from ethnic minorities more likely to slip through the net

Ethnic minorities are more likely to 'sofa surf' among friends and relatives, making them less visible to checks carried out by ...

 
  May 21st 2009

Los Angeles police investigating whether patients were falsely imprisoned

A hospital in Los Angeles, USA, is under investigation for dropping homeless patients off on the city's skid row against their w...

 
  May 21st 2009

Tory leader suggests homeless ‘au pairs‘ for elderly households

David Cameron has called for the elderly to open their homes to families without permanent residence to combat the isolation of ...

 
  May 21st 2009

Barry Etheridge has two weeks left of a gruelling walk across the UK‘s homeless landscape

After an eventful 47 days, Barry Etheridge has made it back to his native Bournemouth, arriving on 11th September. The Pavement ...

 
  May 21st 2009

Do you want to ‘road test‘ Tom Goodfellow‘s folding bed?

You may remember the Sleep (Less) Rough bed in issue 10 of The Pavement. We featured the work of the designer Tom Goodfellow, wh...

 
  May 19th 2009

The famous Silver Lady Fund van, often known as "The Pie Man", is still alive and kicking and providing food, according to the charity‘s trustees

Readers had contacted The Pavement to report that the van, known for its early-morning distribution of pies, had not been seen i...

 
  May 19th 2009

Patrick Donnelly (sometimes called Pat McCann) passed away on 13th December

Patrick Donnelly (sometimes called Pat McCann) sadly passed away on 13th December of a massive heart attack while on a bus. H...

 
  May 19th 2009

The All Souls Local Area Network celebrated 20 years of its tea run as director Chris Peacock stepped down.

ASLAN (the All Souls Local Area Network) celebrated 20 years of its tea run in January, at the same time as director Chris Peaco...

 
  May 19th 2009

Charity director will work on a range of homelessness and Church social action projects

Tim Nicholls, director of the Simon Community, left the organization on 11th January. Prior to his leaving, he told The Pavement...

 
  May 19th 2009

Funding problems behind counsellor‘s decision to leave the Great Chapel Street Medical Centre

Diane Goodkind, whose work we reported on in Issue 10 (February 2006), is leaving Great Chapel Street Medical Centre at the end ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Homeless readers to access benefits in day centres after office lease expires

The homeless benefits office at Wedge House, Blackfriars Bridge Road, closed on 5th November when the lease on the building expi...

 
  May 19th 2009

The Simon Community‘s number of rough sleepers is down, though seven areas were not included

The Simon Community's latest street count shows a general reduction in rough sleeping. However, the count, which gauges the numb...

 
  May 19th 2009

Over 100 people commemorated at this year‘s moving ceremony at a packed St Martin‘s

The annual service for homeless people who died during the last year, organised by Housing Justice and the Connection at St Mart...

 
  May 19th 2009

Our first readership survey has made your views - both positive and negative - clear

Keep the letters coming in, but please do put your name on them, even if you wish to remain anonymous. We've received several in...

 
  May 19th 2009

The Great British fry-up lives on with the House of Bread - and it‘s cooked on the spot

You may not be familiar with the name House of Bread, but their run on The Strand (twice a month) is a fixture of life for many....

 
  May 19th 2009

Homeless organisations in Westminster call for more specialist services for people with addictions

On Monday 7th November, a summit of all major homeless organisations in Westminster was held to debate the issue of homelessness...

 
  May 19th 2009

The King‘s Table is a right royal treat for homeless fans of hearty stews

The South West London Vineyard is another of London's church-based soup runs, but regardless of your religious convictions you'l...

 
  May 19th 2009

We present an updated version of the symbols used by those on the street a century ago

Last issue we published a homeless code, devised by Emily Read, which is an updated version of the symbols used by those on the ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Rate services, warn of danger and pass on simple messages...

The Pavement is working with a young urban designer on the diagram opposite - a system of markings that people can use to advise...

 
  May 19th 2009

Outcry forces Argenteuil to abandon plans to spray the bedding-down sites of local homeless people

If you think some London boroughs operate a tough-love policy to the homeless, just be thankful you don't live a the Argenteuil ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Readers are asking whether they are checked just because they‘re homeless

Since we ran an article on Criminal Record Office checks (CRO) last issue, several more readers have contacted us to say they'd ...

 
  May 19th 2009

One parliamentarian has agreed to talk with our readers

We asked several MPs if they'd meet readers who'd been moved on by the police before street counts. We are not knocking the job ...

 
  May 19th 2009

Birmingham meeting will bring together runs and users from all over the UK

Shelter is holding a national conference on soup runs on Wednesday 27th June while we're on the presses. The conference in Birmi...

 
  May 19th 2009

Woman dies of exposure after her bedding is confiscated

A group in Wynberg, Cape Town, has asked South African minister Charles Nqakula to order an inquest into the death of Maria Viss...

 
  May 19th 2009

Arizona gets another killer heatwave

As the UK sits under rain and the heavy clouds that mark Wimbledon, the homeless of Phoenix, Arizona, USA, are suffering its ann...

 
  May 19th 2009

StreetShine‘s doing well. We talked to its director Simon Fenton-Jones

In Issue 5 of The Pavement (Sept 2005), we reported on StreetShine, a social entrepreneurial organisation founded by Nick Grant ...

 
  May 19th 2009

St John‘s will get a new lease of life, if only for a few days

St John's, opposite Waterloo and once the home of North Lambeth Day Centre, is to get a new lease of life this summer, if only f...

 
  May 19th 2009

Housing Justice and Unleash are holding an event to discuss the provision of food and clothing by church groups

Housing Justice and Unleash are holding an 'Open Space event' called "Hand out or hand up?" on Thursday 19th July. The even...

 
  May 19th 2009

Look out, Glasgow and Edinburgh - here we come!

The Pavement is to launch in Scotland. Building on the success of the London edition, the magazine has secured funding to be...

 
  May 19th 2009

Mystery parliamentarian at Victoria soup run

The Pavement has been told that an MP was been seen at a London soup run, behind the Army and Navy, Victoria. The sighting on...

 
  May 19th 2009

Three people have been charged after a woman was raped - while it was filmed

Three people have been charged after a homeless woman was raped while it was filmed on a mobile phone. The 34-year-old told p...

 
  April 6th 2008

Whether you sleep rough or in a hostel, you can register to vote and exercise your democratic rights

Up to one in five Londoners may miss out on their chance to vote in the upcoming Mayoral election because they are not registere...

 
  February 4th 2008

The Tory housing spokesman woke to the sound of heavy rain on his sleeping bag on Christmas Eve

A Tory MP slept out in Victoria on Christmas Eve. Housing spokesman Grant Shapps said he awoke to the sound of heavy rain on his...

 
  January 2nd 1970

New Edinburgh restaurant to train homeless staff

A new restaurant with a difference opens in Edinburgh at the end of November. But it will be an eatery with a twist - at lea...

 
  January 2nd 1970

Afghanistan soldier remembered with a new centre

A drop-in centre for veterans set up by the parents of a hero Scots soldier killed in Afghanistan has been officially opened. ...

 
  January 2nd 1970

MEP claims Crisis Centre users are being deterred by form-filling

The Crisis Centre in Edinburgh has caused a row because it's claimed applicants have to fill in a 12-page form and promise not t...

 
  January 2nd 1970

Homeless Manchester man latest to die

A homeless man in the Ardwick area of Manchester has died after being tipped into a dustcart. He climbed into the bin to ...

 
 

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