Text: H.R.1136 — 113th Congress (2013-2014)All Bill Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (03/13/2013)

1st Session
H. R. 1136

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


March 13, 2013

Ms. Eddie Bernice Johnson of Texas (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.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

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

SEC. 2. Inclusion of homeless.

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

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

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(6) As used in this subsection, the term ‘homeless status’ with respect to an individual, refers to an individual who—

“(A) lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence; or

“(B) has a primary nighttime residence that is—

“(i) 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;

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

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