un·​housed ˌən-ˈhau̇zd How to pronounce unhoused (audio)
: not housed: such as
: 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
: not covered by a protective housing
an unhoused electrical component

Examples of unhoused in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Evaluating California’s pandemic program to shelter unhoused people When the COVID-19 pandemic upended daily life a little over four years ago, state and local health officials were particularly concerned about the coronavirus spreading rapidly among unhoused Californians. Ryan Fonseca, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 With the quarter-billion dollars into the unhoused, the $1.25 billion bond deal, the $100 million for violence prevention. Jake Sheridan, Chicago Tribune, 12 May 2024 The abuse for many, including me, came from the government contractors paid to assist the unhoused, who have no accountability to their clients. Kim Reeder, The Mercury News, 10 May 2024 Phoenix's largest shelter campus is hosting a collection drive every on the first Saturday of the month, May through September, to collect water and other vital seasonal needs for the unhoused population. Taylor Seely, The Arizona Republic, 3 May 2024 There are 600 people experiencing homelessness in Grants Pass and the town has is a 1% vacancy rate, which has led judges to determine there is no adequate shelter for unhoused people there. Gillian Brassil, Sacramento Bee, 20 Apr. 2024 The city, seeing a menace in its parks, wants unhoused residents like Brandon prohibited from camping on public land. Devin Dwyer, ABC News, 18 Apr. 2024 And despite public officials who criticize homeless people for rejecting shelter, some unhoused people say shelters and city-run encampments can be worse than the street. Calmatters, The Mercury News, 16 Apr. 2024 Most of those contributions were directed to San Diegans Together Tackling Homelessness, the nonprofit created by the mayor to raise money to fund services for unhoused people. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1616, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unhoused was circa 1616

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“Unhoused.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhoused. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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