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Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

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homelessness noun

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In June 2018, a video showed a white jogger dismantling a black homeless man’s encampment, tossing some of the man’s belongings into Lake Merritt. Otis R. Taylor Jr., SFChronicle.com, "Calling police on black people over petty matters: There’s a reason these videos go viral," 11 July 2019 On Saturday, police responded to a call about a homeless man allegedly entering a residence in Crestview without permission, Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement shared on Facebook. Robyn Merrett, PEOPLE.com, "Florida Man Admits to Throwing Lit Firecrackers Under Girl's Bed in 'Prank Gone Wrong': Police," 9 July 2019 These projects have provided beds for more than 22,000 homeless men, women, children and veterans in our city. Houston Chronicle, "HomeAid, David Weekley Homes dedicate new Gracewood project," 7 July 2019 In 1998, four members of a Tampa, Florida chapter of Blood and Honour killed two homeless men in that state, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, "For the first time, Canada adds white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups to its terror organization list," 27 June 2019 The homeless man, who was trespassed by Sheetz, was given a ride to a local motel. John Benson, cleveland.com, "Quick-change scam pulled on Chick-fil-A cashier: Strongsville Police Blotter," 26 June 2019 Police said the victim and a witness were visiting a homeless man about 2 a.m. in a parking lot in the 4500 block of C.L. Veasey Boulevard, near Ann Arbor Avenue and Sunnyvale Street, when three men approached. Sara Coello, Dallas News, "Dallas police searching for 3 men involved in east Oak Cliff shooting," 23 June 2019 Detectives have arrested a 53-year-old man on suspicion of homicide in the slaying earlier this week of a homeless man found dead on the side of a Chula Vista roadway, police said Friday. Alex Riggins, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chula Vista police arrest suspect in slaying of homeless man," 21 June 2019 The February murder of Bambi Larson in San Jose, allegedly by a homeless man from El Salvador in the country illegally with a lengthy history of criminal offenses, helped stoke the debate over sanctuary policies in the Bay Area. John Woolfolk, The Mercury News, "Trump says illegal immigration busts coming, Bay Area mayor vows to vex them," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of homeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of homeless

: having no place to live


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Kids Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent residence

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