Hate Crimes Against Homeless

A Hate Crime is defined by the FBI as a “criminal offense committed against a person, property, or society that is motivated, in whole or in part, by the offender’s bias.” Currently, however, the FBI does not recognize protected status for people experiencing homelessness, and thus does not include violence against homeless individuals under the category of hate crimes. Over the past 16 years, the FBI classified 141 homicides as hate crimes, whereas the National Coalition for the Homeless has recorded 428 fatal attacks on homeless individuals in the same time period. In other words, around three times as many homeless individuals have been killed as a result of hate crimes than all of the other FBI protected classes combined. 

Source: National Coalition for the Homeless 2016 Report No Safe Street