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homelessness

having no home, now the subject of legislation in England and Wales and Scotland, and having a technical signification not always congruent with the ordinary meaning of the word. The thrust of the legislation is to focus upon accommodation, and homelessness is the lack of such accommodation. The risk of violence or abuse can render a person in a home, homeless. Local authorities have to provide accommodation for the homeless but not the intentionally homeless, a critical concept around which much of the reported litigation turns. Some homeless people are accorded a priority need in applying for council housing, such as pregnant women.
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"To think of a whole people homeless in the world!' said Clara, with moistened eyes.
Her great dark eyes wander blankly over the fields like the eyes of one who is desolate, homeless, unloved, not the promised bride of a brave tender man.
Apparently the future poet was to be cast upon the world homeless and friendless.
In these windy days she is like a homeless leaf blown about by passers-by.
You are much too rich and too wonderful a personage for a homeless orphan like me; but," she added, tucking her arm through his with a contented little sigh, "I have you, and I shall not let you go!"
Next, as I lay in the bushes, there came upon me a feeling of desolation, a consciousness that I was homeless. I made up my mind never to return to my mother and the Chatterer.
"I am homeless, friendless, penniless," I went on, getting more hollow at every word.
For it happened to him, as to Phoenix and Cilix, that other homeless people visited the spot, and liked it, and built themselves habitations in the neighborhood.
The poor fellow looked like a homeless ghost, with his cheeks sunken in and his long black hair straggling into his eyes; he was too discouraged to cut it, or to think about his appearance.
A TEAM of volunteers collected more than 200 tents and about 900 sleeping bags for the homeless after this year's Electric Picnic.
On any given night, there are more than half a million homeless in the United States.
The District 6 Homeless Initiative Committee along with the District 6 staff will be escorted by San Antonio Police Department SAFFE officers, Haven for Hope and the Department of Human Services (Homeless Services Division) for a homeless outreach effort.

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