Studies find Orlando is mean and violent towards homeless

orlando-signLast week, preliminary results of a nationwide survey were released, effectively ranking Orlando as the most violent metropolitan area towards the homeless in the U.S.

A little background information: several weeks ago, we posted about Orlando’s ranking as the 3rd meanest city towards the homeless, based on a study by the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty and the National Coalition for the Homeless (not affiliated with us). In case you are wondering, we disagreed with that ranking (see the post containing our opinion here). Less than a month later, the National Coalition for the Homeless released a second study that ranked Orlando as the most violent city in Florida towards the homeless. Although this ranking is a little easier for us to believe than the last, it is an especially tough title because in 2008 Florida was ranked the most violent state towards the homeless for the fourth year in a row.

Put those two statistics together and you’ve labeled Orlando the most violent metropolitan area towards the homeless in all of the United States. And that’s on top of the headlines saying we are the third meanest city to the homeless.

We realize that we are a bit late to jump on this week-old story, but frankly, we are amazed this blow to the city of Orlando has not received more attention (aside from the related Orlando Sentinel story, that is). And although the survey results are not finalized, we’d like to start talking about them. If Orlando is ranked by others as the most violent city and the third meanest city towards the homeless, we definitely think Central Florida should be paying attention.

To read the National Coalition for the Homeless’ full report on violence against the homeless, click here.

To read the National Coalition’s earlier report on the top ten “meanest” cities to the homeless, click here.

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