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H.R. 1136 (113th): Violence Against the Homeless Accountability Act of 2013

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2013 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.



1st Session

H. R. 1136


March 13, 2013

(for herself, Ms. Lee of California, Mr. Johnson of Georgia, Mr. Danny K. Davis of Illinois, Ms. Norton, Ms. Wilson of Florida, Mr. Rangel, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mrs. Napolitano, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Lewis, Mr. Gutierrez, and Ms. Loretta Sanchez of California) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend the Hate Crime Statistics Act to include crimes against the homeless.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Violence Against the Homeless Accountability Act of 2013 .


Inclusion of homeless

Section 1(b) of the Hate Crime Statistics Act ( 28 U.S.C. 534 note) is amended—


in paragraph (1), by inserting homeless status, after sexual orientation,; and


by adding at the end the following:


As used in this subsection, the term homeless status with respect to an individual, refers to an individual who—


lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or


has a primary nighttime residence that is—


a public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as, a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings, including cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;


a supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations, including motels, hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing; or


housing of other persons in which the individual is temporarily staying due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.