How common was homelessness in the Soviet Union?
At the beginning of the Soviet Union, homelessness was a massive problem with millions of people being without a stable living space. To counteract this, the Soviet Union seized large properties under private ownership and allowed numerous families to live in the house rather than just one. After the Second World War, homelessness was declared illegal by the Soviet Union and it was seen as a crime to not have a permanent residence.
Every person within the Union could apply to the estate for housing and would be guaranteed a place to live. This caused problems, however, as once you had been given a house you had to remain there until you found someone else to live there instead, which was often difficult. Empty houses were practically nonexistent within the state, which made homelessness largely nonexistent within the Soviet Union.