Hate, Violence, and Death on Main Street USA: A Report on Hate Crimes and Violence Against People Experiencing Homelessness 2008

National Coalition for the Homeless
Paper/Research Report
Year Published: 2009
National Coalition for the Homeless
Presbyterian Church (USA)/Small Church and Community Ministry

In 2008, 106 homeless persons were victims of violent attacks, including 27 individuals who were killed as a result of those attacks. The perpetrators of these attacks have shown an overwhelming trend to be young men and teenaged boys. While the motives to these attacks are not always clear, many were committed because the victim was homeless or because homeless people are more vulnerable than housed individuals. The purposes of this report are (1) to document the incidents of hate crimes and violence against homeless persons that occurred in 2008, (2) to raise awareness among lawmakers and the general public about this serious issue, and (3) to recommend proactive measures to be taken, including legislative and public education initiatives to address the growing trend of violence against homeless people. The data presented were gathered from published news reports, homeless advocates and service providers, and homeless or formerly homeless individuals who have experienced such violence first hand.

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