Workhouses both lodged the poor and gave them work.
Many workhouses have been established for indigent persons capable of work.
parliament, congress, colleges, schools, workhouses, cemeteries), or to the army and the navy.
Between 1881 and 1898 the chief increases took place in the endowments of hospitals; orphan asylums; infant asylums; poorhouses; almshouses; voluntary workhouses; and institutes for the blind.
Since many of the poor were not able-bodied, the workhouses were not profitable institutions.