[2009 was the deadliest year for hate crimes committed against homeless people.
Over the past eleven years, advocates and homeless shelter workers from around the country have received news reports of men, women and even children being harassed, kicked, set on fire, beaten to death, and even decapitated. Since 1999, the National Coalition for the Homeless has issued an annual report on hate crimes against the homeless. During this time, our network of advocates has tracked and 1,074 acts of violence committed by housed individuals, resulting in 291 deaths of homeless people and 783 victims of non-lethal violence in 47 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC.
With forty-three deaths, 2009 was the deadliest year for bias related crimes against the homeless population since 2000. The deaths are alarming when compared to the number of deaths determined to be hate crimes for all of the current protected classes. Over the past eleven years, there are more than double the amount of homeless hate crime deaths than there are for all current protected classes.]
These first 2 paragraphs followed by heart wrenching, rending, agonizing facts of homicides all over these United States of A-Merry-ca.