The Depression was a horrible time, most people got homeless quick. They would make shacks of old rebar, steel, tarps, and whatever they had. People put them around each other, creating little villages. 'Hoovervilles' they were called, mocking President Hoover. They mocked him because he was blamed for the economic stress. They were also called 'shantytowns'. They were mainly found in the outskirts of major cities. In the early 1940s, most shantytowns were torn down after the Depression was over.