Homelessness in the Great Depression

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Homelessness in the Great Depression

Homelessness in the Great Depression

Homelessness during the 1930's led to something called Hoovervilles. Hoovervilles became a common term for shacktowns and homeless shelters during the Great Depression. There were dozens in the state of Washington, hundreds throughout the country, each testifying to the housing crisis that accompanied the employment crisis of the early 1930s. Hoovervilles werent the only thing that delt with homelssness! Homelessness followed quickly from joblessness once the economy began to crumble in the early 1930s. Homeowners lost their property when they could not pay mortgages or pay taxes. Renters fell behind and faced eviction. By 1932 millions of Americans were living outside the normal rent-paying housing market. Many squeezed in with relatives. Unit densities soared in the early 1930s. Some squatted, either defying eviction and staying where they were, or finding shelter in one of the increasing number of vacant buildings. Hundreds of thousands no one knows how many--took to the streets, finding what shelter they could, under bridges, in culverts, or on vacant public land where they built crude shacks. Some cities allowed squatter encampments for a time, others did not.

Many people couldnt afford what most could so they were always struggleing

During the Great Deppresion these were all over the town

Hoovervilles were shelters for the homeless

What most workers/ families had offered to eat

Standing on the streets waiting for food

- What Caused the Great Deppresion -

The crash of the New York Stock Exchange on October 29, 1929, signaled the start of the Great Depression, the worst economic crisis in U.S. history. This period would last until 1941, when the United States began preparations to enter World War II (1939–45). When the stock market began to spiral downward, many looked on in disbelief. However, others recognized that the plummeting prices were a confirmation of severe economic problems long in the making. For much of the 1920s the United States seemed prosperous. Many Americans were employed, and goods such as automobiles, appliances, and furniture flowed out of factories. Yet an undercurrent of unhealthy factors ran through the American economy—factors that all came together and surfaced in late 1929.

- The Great Depression was the most severe and enduring economic collapse of the 20th century

A little About the Homeless and There Shelter

Works Cited - Hoovervilles and Homelessness - University of WashingtonHoovervilles Across the United States During the Depression

Quotes- The Great Depression, like most other periods of severe unemployment, was produced by government mismanagement rather than by any inherent instability of the private economy.-Milton Friedman Our Generation has had no Great war, no Great Depression. Our war is spiritual. Our depression is our lives.-Chuck Palahniuk The Great Depression of the 1930s saw more American unmarried women working from nine to five, mostly in repetitive, boring, subordinate, dead-end jobs. But the number of working women doubled between 1870 and 1940. During World War II it doubled once again.-Helen Fisher Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/helenfishe559895.html#HFJWcHMdgdxRdDzC.99


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