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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Debra says never met a homeless person who wasn't starving for her home cooking. Steve Hartman, CBS News, ""Auntie Debra" doles out a heaping helping of hospitality even after lunch hour ends," 22 June 2018 The grants can be used on a range of programs, including housing vouchers and shelter construction to help address California's rapidly rising costs and growing homeless population. Jonathan J. Cooper, The Christian Science Monitor, "California sees $9 billion surplus, passes budget to help poor," 15 June 2018 But with rising rents, increased gentrification, and a homeless population that is the third-largest in the U.S., the city acknowledged more needed to be done. Emma Russell, The New Republic, "Amazon plays hard ball on a tax to help Seattle’s homeless.," 13 June 2018 In Oakland, across the bay from downtown San Francisco, the homeless population surged 25% from 2015 to 2017. The Economist, "Can a new mayor fix San Francisco’s housing and homelessness problems?," 31 May 2018 One user who claimed to work at a Chicago Starbucks wrote that a homeless person using the bathroom got into a fight with a customer and police requested to see the store policy before taking action. Michael Bartiromo, Fox News, "Not all Starbucks in U.S. are closing: Where you can still get a Frappuccino on May 29," 29 May 2018 Every single shop doorway was a bedroom, bathroom and sitting room for some homeless person. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why Tony Nominee Glenda Jackson Wants to Knock on Doors for New York Governor Candidate Cynthia Nixon," 23 May 2018 In its resolution supporting the project, the assembly acknowledged the high cost of homelessness, citing figures showing each homeless person costs taxpayers between $80,000 and $100,000 per year. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Assembly lends support to vets’ housing proposal for Eagle River," 18 May 2018 Kositsky said one homeless person walked into the Sports Basement store on Bryant Street and punched a clerk in the face. Heather Knight, San Francisco Chronicle, "‘He really loves the job’: Could SF interim Mayor Mark Farrell return?," 17 May 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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