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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Local nonprofits and businesses Look into local organizations like homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters, and thrift stories that may welcome furniture and home goods donations. Jenny Xie, Curbed, "Where to donate furniture and household items," 8 Nov. 2018 New York City has gone further, providing free tampons in schools, jails, and homeless shelters. Anna North, Vox, "Nevada just got rid of its “tampon tax”," 7 Nov. 2018 The Trump administration has undone advancements in schools, prisons, and homeless shelters. Lucy Diavolo, Teen Vogue, "How to Help Transgender People Fight the Trump Administration's New Policy Memo," 22 Oct. 2018 Projects include mentoring, improving schools and playgrounds, and volunteering at homeless shelters. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "Thank You For Your Service. Now What?," 17 Oct. 2018 Scott Hagerty, a member of the Alameda County board of supervisors, attends every year, buys pigs and then donates the meat to homeless shelters. New York Times, "Trade Politics Comes to the County Fair," 9 July 2018 Related stories from Sacramento Bee Sacramento wants to build large homeless shelters. Cynthia Hubert, sacbee, "Homeless people get new bathroom in Sacramento. Public toilet near City Hall also possible," 5 July 2018 There are even talks of new homeless shelters in the West Valley. Jessica Boehm, azcentral, "West Valley leans on Phoenix for help with rising homeless population," 1 July 2018 But after the car was totaled in an accident, a homeless shelter a few miles away from campus was his only option. CBS News, "The hidden problem of homelessness on college campuses," 30 June 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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