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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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RAIL: And then, that wasn't enough, so you had to start the Poor Farm, too?
The complex was built as the Multnomah County Poor Farm and was later a retirement home.
Along with overgrazing and poor farm practices, deforestation can cause heavy erosion, desertification, salinization, and alkalinization.
1926: Harry Evans's The American Poor Farm and Its Inmates creates early public demand for reform.
Her subsequent books include The Witch Diggers (1951), a novel about life on an Indiana poor farm at the turn of the century; Cress Delehanty (1953), sketches about an adolescent girl; a collection of short stories, Love, Death and the Ladies' Drill Team (1959); and a novel set in Southern California, South of the Angels (1960).
The Worcester Poor Farm, originally known as the Worcester Home Farm, operated at this site for more than a century before it closed in December 1956.
Despite being a poor farm labourer he also refused to accept 500,000 rupees (PS5000) offered by the state government, saying he would not take any money until the Central Bureau of Investigation takes over the case.
With inflation, especially food inflation, still dangerously close to 10%, poor farm growth has implications beyond GDP growth.
One eyewitness, meanwhile, confirmed the fatalities were poor farm workers.
Due mainly to animal diseases and poor farm gate prices, Mr Bowman believes his industry is in danger of losing a generation of farmers - his generation - which is his motivation for taking up the post for the next two years.
Readers will be caught up from the first page when 11-year-old orphan Nick Dray runs away from a county poor farm in Texas to the fabled city of San Francisco.
Arch was born in 1826, the son of a poor farm labourer in Barford, south Warwickshire, and went on to be elected MP for North-west Norfolk.