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poorhouse

(formerly) a publicly maintained institution offering accommodation to the poor

poorhouse

A building, often supported by a community or by a religious organization, that provide housing and minimal services for the indigent; also See almshouse and bettering house.
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Derbyshire's mills chiefly employed women and children, allowing working-class families to substantially supplement their incomes and enabling widows and orphans to support themselves rather than living in Derbyshire's parish poorhouses, which just happened to be, by Eden's account, the best system of poorhouses in England.
This interesting volume on architectural history examines the building of poorhouses in the state of Massachusetts throughout American history, and explores the social, political and cultural meanings of poverty and responsibility for the poor as they evolved through time.
Michigan county poorhouses continued to function as catchall shelters for citizens not only without means but also with a range of afflictions.
The London poorhouses heard about the cruelty and sent Joseph Moser to Marsden to investigate the truth of these dreadful allegations.
Rather than recommending that counties find a middle ground between in-house and outdoor relief, it instead advised that the general rule should he to force charity recipients to obtain aid in county poorhouses.
30) Michael Katz adds to this thesis that poorhouses had a number of other aims in addition to character reform, including cutting the cost of poor relief and deterring the poor from using these public services.
Based on newspaper accounts, poorhouse records, oral history interviews, and local government records, Wagner provides a rich description of life in six New England poorhouses between the 1830s and the 1940s.
In economic terms, the poorhouses were a failure, not least because their founding rationale derived from ignorance of industrial economies.
Originally built in the early 17th century in the village of Fletching, the building was enlarged 200 years later and pressed into service as the local poorhouse.
Throughout the country the poor are usually housed in what we call poorhouses.
Last year Manchester United did draw Barnsley at home and filled the poorhouses to bursting point with odds-on backers by failing to win at Old Trafford and then losing the replay.
The nineteenth century quest for economy and humanity produced two major waves of welfare reform, both centered on restricted use of outdoor relief and increased use of poorhouses and other institutions.