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

Examples of unhoused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During the pandemic, Morris set up virtual meetings with some of the organizations serving unhoused people in Anchorage. Michelle Theriault Boots, Anchorage Daily News, 16 July 2021 The Times’ Madalyn Amato shares these tips for protecting unhoused people. Los Angeles Times, 15 July 2021 Tempers are hot, both the housed and the unhoused are tired, if not fed up, and many are wondering who, if anyone, is in charge. Steve Lopez Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 9 July 2021 Reno has an official count of 780 unhoused people, but providers say the true number is likely closer to 1,000 to 1,500 unsheltered people, similar to Anchorage. Anchorage Daily News, 6 July 2021 Unbanked consumers — generally lower-income people, immigrants, youth, seniors and unhoused people — could be sidelined by stores that require cards. Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 July 2021 Senate Bill 850 will allow officials to collect data about the demographics of unhoused people with the goal of influencing future policies. oregonlive, 28 June 2021 Anti-police violence movements have called for an end to relying on police for social services like responding to mental health crises, disciplining children and interacting with unhoused people. NBC News, 28 June 2021 Homeless advocates say that penalties for expired registrations (4,048 tows in 2019) and parking for more than 72 hours (1,987 tows) also disproportionately target unhoused people. Lauren Hepler, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 June 2021

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First Known Use of unhoused

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

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“Unhoused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhoused. Accessed 4 Aug. 2021.

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