home·​less | \ ˈhōm-ləs How to pronounce homeless (audio) \

Definition of homeless

: having no home or permanent place of residence

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Other Words from homeless

homelessness noun

Examples of homeless in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the meantime, however, city officials are eyeing the 8,500-seat music and events venue as a possible emergency homeless shelter to house up to 175 people for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Phil Matier, SFChronicle.com, "Turn down the music: SF Civic Auditorium might become emergency homeless shelter," 22 Mar. 2020 The only overnight homeless shelter in Puyallup, south of Seattle, was forced to closed after Inslee called for an end to gatherings of more than 50 people. Ted O'neil, Washington Examiner, "Effects on Washington expand as coronavirus cases grow," 20 Mar. 2020 The Fort Thomas domiciliary, which is under the Cincinnati VA's control, is not a homeless shelter. Chris Mayhew, Cincinnati.com, "Cincinnati VA moves veterans out of Fort Thomas dorm for anticipated COVID-19 patients," 20 Mar. 2020 Their vehicles were loaded with 500 kits of donated healthcare supplies to help a homeless shelter run by the Salvation Army meet the demand during the coronavirus outbreak. Adrianne Murchison, ajc, "Mercedes Benz, coalition convoy supplies to Salvation Army shelter," 19 Mar. 2020 This is the amount the department administers to fund organizations across the country who provide a variety of services, including child placement, homeless shelters and elder care. Julie Moreau, NBC News, "Trump admin unlawfully axing LGBTQ discrimination protections, suit claims," 19 Mar. 2020 In Salt Lake City, bricks fell off the side of a homeless shelter and the Salt Lake Temple sustained minor damage, with the trumpet held by the Angel Moroni falling from the statue at the top of the temple and stones displaced from a spire. Brady Mccombs, Lindsay Whitehurst, Anchorage Daily News, "5.7-magnitude quake damages buildings, frays nerves in Salt Lake City," 18 Mar. 2020 Donate to your local food bank or donate supplies to a homeless shelter. Natalie Gontcharova, refinery29.com, "How To Help Others In The Age Of Coronavirus, In Addition To Staying Home," 17 Mar. 2020 According to the Urban Institute, about a quarter of adults in homeless shelters have jobs. Helen Epstein, The New York Review of Books, "Left Behind," 10 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of homeless

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Homeless.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/homeless. Accessed 29 Mar. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of homeless

: having no place to live


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: having no home or permanent residence

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homelessness noun

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