Florida leads nation in homeless attacks

Florida had fewer attacks on the homeless reported in 2007 than the year before, but the state still leads the nation.

Florida had 31 attacks on the homeless last year, down from 48 attacks in 2006, according to a national study released by the National Coalition for the Homeless and National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty.

The Sunshine State's ranking didn't surprise local homeless leaders on Tuesday.

''Florida is the hot spot once again,'' said Sean Cononie, a homeless advocate who publishes the Homeless Voice in Hollywood. ``We believe the figures are low.''

California was the runner-up with 22 attacks in 2007, Nevada ranked third with 14 and Ohio fourth with 13.

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