(Editor’s note: This article was originally published in Streetvibes in the August 14th-August 27 edition, a publication of the Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless. Pick up a copy from a Streetvibes vendor today!)
The National Coalition for the Homeless based in Washington D.C. has recently published their annual report on hate crimes against the homeless titled, “Vulnerable to Hate: A Survey of Hate Crimes and Violence Committed against Homeless People in 2013”. The report breaks down the numbers and locations of murders and assaults against persons who were targeted simply because they were homeless. Among the disturbing trends? A 24% increase in hate crimes against homeless persons since last year (in 2013: 18 homicides and 109 violent attacks). Of these, Ohio accounted for 1 of the murders (Dayton), and 3 of the non-fatal attacks (Cincinnati, Canton, and Newark).
Just last week across the street from Washington Park three young men waited outside the Drop Inn Center (our local homeless shelter) and attacked John Hensley who was leaving the shelter to go to work. They did not steal any money or property, they simply laughed as they kicked and punched him to the ground. Read more ›