CFC # 10844
is a documented relationship between increased police actions and the
rising number of hate crimes/violent acts against homeless people. Michael Stoops, acting executing direction
of the National Coalition for the Homeless comments that “it seems violent
citizens become emboldened to attack homeless people because their city
has responded negatively to the homeless population,” furthermore, “these
violent attacks occur especially were the city has portrayed homeless
people as the cause of unemployment, decreasing property values, vacant
storefronts and/or other problems.”
six years, the National Coalition for the Homeless (NCH) has tracked a
frightening increase in crimes targeting homeless people perpetrated by
young people and severely disturbed individuals. These are well-documented violent attacks on a vulnerable population
that result in injury and in many cases death.
from around the country have cited the relationship between municipal
actions to restrict visibility of homeless people and hate crimes/violence. This overly broad enforcement of the law
or laws passed by city governments specifically targeting homeless people
are documented in NCH’s Illegal to be Homeless: The Criminalization
of Homelessness in the U.S.
(November 2004). The report also ranks the 20 “Meanest” Cities in the
U.S. for the civil rights violation of homeless people.