Apparently society’s disdain for homeless/unemployed people has a long history.
The above pictures are from a 1652 law passed in Barbados (though it is very possible this is a re-enactment of an earlier law - Cromwell had most laws re-enacted under his authority after he took control of the island in the early 1650s).
Source: [Acts and Statutes] of the island of Barbados (1652), pg. 130 - 131
An Act to prevent the prejudice may happen to this Island, by loose and Vagrant persons in and about the same.
78 Whereas it hath been taken into great consideration, the great number of loose, idle, and Vagrant persons, in & about this Island, who are of no certain employment, and have no constant residence, or place of aboade, whereby they become ready to make use of all advantages, and upon all occasion to act to the prejudice of this place, and the disturbance of the peace and quiet of the same. It is therefore hereby enacted and ordained by the Governour and Council, with the consent of the Gentlemen of the Assembly, that the several Justices of the Peace, within their several, and respective Precincts within this Island where they live, have hereby power to take notice of all such persons, who have no constant place of aboade, and are of no settled imployment and calling, and the names of all such person, or persons forthwith to enlist and send the same unto the Governour, to the intent such consideration may be had therein, that all such persons may be imployed in some necessary work to the defence of this Island, and the peace and tranquility therof from time to time preserved. Given under my hand this 21. of December 1652. signed, Daniel Searle.