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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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And I know all about the poor-house - I've lived there for years.
Futureland assaults them with Pluse, a drug developed to offer escapism at the risk of brain collapse; common ground, the poor-house of the future, located underground where misery rules; MacroSoft, the mega-corporation that has become a powerful nation lead by the egomaniac Dr.
It was only due to his own "neglect of business" that he was beset by creditors and threatened with the poor-house.