Often times, when people lost their jobs, money and houses, they ended up in "Hoovervilles". These Hoovervilles had poor living conditions, but it was all they could afford.
The big thing that led to people ending up in Hoovervilles was because when they couldn't pay the mortgage for your house, they would take it. This was called a foreclosure.
During the Great Depression, most people chose not to go to school; it was a time of grief, and most people felt getting an education was useless. Unfortunately, it often came back to bite them in the behind. For a lot of schools, there wasn't much school supplies, and sometimes the teachers were barely older than the students.