un·​housed | \ ˌən-ˈhau̇zd How to pronounce unhoused (audio) \

Definition of unhoused

: not housed: such as
a : not having a dwelling place or shelter : homeless unhoused people … it re-creates the grammar, point of view and domestic economy of the unhoused life …— Jonathan Raban
b : not covered by a protective housing an unhoused electrical component

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In 2017, more unhoused people were staying in residential neighborhoods than in previous years, making homelessness more visible to residents. oregonlive.com, "How a dirty city gets clean: Efforts to clean up Portland’s downtown come together this summer," 2 July 2019 Jane Nguyen, from Services Not Sweeps, said that cleanups occur during the day and that police officers undermine trust between the unhoused and all of the authorities present, including outreach workers. Benjamin Oreskes, latimes.com, "L.A. must fix its process of clearing homeless camps, activists say — without LAPD's help," 27 June 2019 Growing frustration among the unhoused migrants has contributed to public disturbances, including violent fisticuffs between physically and mentally exhausted men in the streets of Bihac and Velika Kladusa. Washington Post, "Aid groups: Migrant humanitarian crisis looming in Bosnia," 13 June 2019 Even as nonprofits like Mary’s Place open more shelters and spend more money on services for homeless children and families, the city’s unhoused population has continued to grow. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Jeff Bezos’s philanthropic projects aren’t as generous as they seem," 29 Nov. 2018 Chronically unhoused residents can cost cities hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in emergency room visits and short-term care. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "Kaiser Permanente is investing $200 million to house Americans," 23 May 2018

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First Known Use of unhoused

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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