When a person does not have suitable accommodation they are considered homeless.
In cities where homeless persons are viewed as an "environmental contaminant" - a form of pollution, efforts to purge the homeless from the area tend to push them to the fringes of the community and diminish their access to the urban environment and the resources it provides, suggested an article published in Environmental Justice.
In the article, "Treating People Like Pollution: Homelessness and Environmental Injustice", Eric Bonds and Leslie Martin, University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, VA, focus on the homeless population of Fredericksburg, Virginia, a small city and distant suburb of Washington, DC.
"This article is important in elucidating the human costs of environmental indifference to those who we perceive as "others" in our society," says Environmental Justice Editor-in-Chief Sylvia Hood Washington, and Sustainability Director, Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC. "The authors make a significant contribution to the field of environmental injustice by including the homeless in our understanding of who suffers from environmental disenfranchisement."