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 In all, the homelessness recovery plan is expected to cost around $500 million, which includes the shorter-term pandemic responses for unhoused people, like safe-sleeping sites and RVs the city rents. Dominic Fracassa, SFChronicle.com, "SF Mayor Breed unveils balanced — but fragile — city budget hammered by coronavirus," 31 July 2020 Located in Greenwich Village, the heart of gay life in New York at the time, its patrons were among the most marginalized members of New York’s LGBTQ community—including underaged and unhoused individuals, people of color, and drag performers. Erin Blakemore, National Geographic, "How the Stonewall uprising ignited the modern LGBTQ rights movement," 26 June 2020 And many of San Francisco’s and Berkeley’s restaurant districts also have high populations of unhoused people who live and sleep on public sidewalks. Adam Rogers, Wired, "The Design and Science of Patio Dining During a Pandemic," 17 June 2020 Of the state’s 130,000 unhoused people, thousands find shelter in vehicles. Chris Moody, The New Republic, "Living in Your Car as a Pandemic Consumes Your City," 1 June 2020 People, housed or unhoused, need space to live without feeling under siege. Nathan Heller, The New Yorker, "A Window Onto an American Nightmare," 25 May 2020 However, the city’s sluggish response to addressing how to take care of our unhoused people threatens to undo our gains. Erin Allday, San Francisco Chronicle, "Bay Area’s most vulnerable," 17 Apr. 2020 In California, where Governor Gavin Newsom estimates some 60,000 homeless people could end up infected with coronavirus, two thirds of the unhoused population lives outdoors, which is about twice the national average. Emma Grey Ellis, Wired, "For Homeless People, Covid-19 Is Horror on Top of Horror," 2 Apr. 2020 In Los Angeles, volunteers with Ktown for All distribute food, water, and hygiene products to unhoused people in Koreatown each week. Jay Willis, The Atlantic, "Who Will Run the Soup Kitchens?," 20 Mar. 2020

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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 9 Aug. 2020.

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