home·​less | \ ˈhōm-ləs \

Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

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homelessness noun

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Inside the Box Cafe offers deli-style sandwiches that fight hunger and homeless in the area. Can’t patronize any of these locations in person? Jane Mosbacher Morris, Marie Claire, "5 Easy Ways to Use Your Wallet to Create Real Change," 31 Jan. 2019 Nineteen people were killed, hundreds were left homeless and hundreds of miles of river valleys were polluted by the toxic sludge. Jeffrey T. Lewis, WSJ, "Death Toll in Brazilian Mining-Dam Disaster Jumps to 34," 26 Jan. 2019 In conversation with Wully Struthers, a formerly homeless Pet Refuge service user, Meghan learned more about how the charity supports vulnerable people trying to keep their pets during tough times. Omid Scobie, Harper's BAZAAR, "Duchess Meghan Falls in Love with Rescue Dogs at First Mayhew Engagement as Patron," 16 Jan. 2019 Tech leaders there, working in offices that benefitted from public subsidies, are mostly pushing back against measures to levy taxes on companies to combat the city’s significant homeless crisis. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Big cities courting big tech helped define 2018," 18 Dec. 2018 About 19 people were left homeless by the fire, Carli said. Laura Crimaldi, BostonGlobe.com, "‘He was totally engulfed in flames’: Witnesses recount blaze that injured two Everett firefighters," 14 July 2018 With 11% of the nation’s population, California accounts for a quarter of its homeless, including hundreds of employed people living in their cars. Holman W. Jenkins, WSJ, "California Burns for Better Leaders," 15 Jan. 2019 The eight new infections, all diagnosed since February, involve individuals described to be heterosexuals, drug users and recently homeless, The Seattle Times reported. Alexandria Hein, Fox News, "Cluster of HIV cases in North Seattle prompt concern of potential outbreak," 31 Aug. 2018 The housing bond would raise taxes on city of San Diego property owners an average of $72 per year to pay for 7,500 subsidized apartments for the chronically homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the disabled and low-income families. David Garrick, sandiegouniontribune.com, "$900M housing bond still alive pending fate of convention center measure," 11 July 2018

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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


home·​less | \ ˈhōm-ləs \

Kids Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent residence

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homelessness noun

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