Hate Crimes against the Homeless: Violence Hidden in Plain View (2010)

Over the past three decades, Americans have invested tens of billions of dollars to prevent, reduce and end homelessness. In spite of these efforts and investments, homelessness continues to worsen. Over time, as a nation, we are experiencing the natural and growing sense of “compassion fatigue” toward the social ill of homelessness. Unfortunately, the frustration that Americans are feeling toward homelessness is being misplaced toward the un-housed, rather than the systems that have failed both the housed and the homeless. The misdirection of feelings resulting from compassion fatigue has resulted in the criminalization of homelessness nationwide, the withdrawal of critically needed investments in affordable housing and the rise in crimes of hate against the homeless.
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