Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!

HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 24 multicultural and interfaith member congregations throughout Hillsborough County, Florida.
HOPE’s mission is to promote justice, fairness, and the dignity of people — by engaging and training community members to effectively act together to achieve long term resolution to serious community problems impacting our families and neighbors.

What we’re currently working on:

 

KidsInPrisonCivil Citation/Arrest Avoidance Programs for Children

Too many children are being arrested for first time misdemeanors in Hillsborough County and Florida. HOPE is organizing to reduce the arrests of children by getting decision makers to expand the use of the Civil Citation Program in our county and the state of Florida.  Read more…

becky-turner-and-familyLocal Affordable Housing Trust Fund  

The current high cost of housing overburdens and stresses the economic livelihood, stability, and security of working families, veterans, and seniors with low incomes in our county. HOPE is organizing to establish a Hillsborough Affordable Housing Trust Fund with a designated public funding source to meet  the critical housing needs of tens of thousands of families.  Read more…                 

 Improving Access to Elder Care

Hillsborough County senior population has seen the greatest percentage growth of all age groups. However, home-based and community-based services, which allow seniors to live with dignity and independence, have decreased significantly. These services include door-to-door transportation to grocery stores and doctor visits and aides to help with basic home chores and personal care. The decrease of these services will be a worsening problem, as the population of seniors ages 60+ is expected to nearly double by 2040. HOPE is organizing to expand these senior services to meet the growing needs. Read more…

UPCOMING EVENTS – Get Involved!

HOPE Nehemiah Action – Monday, April 16, 2018 – Sign-In: 6:30 pm; Agenda: 7 pm – 8:30 pm –  Bible-Based Fellowship Church, 4811 Ehrlich Rd, Carrollwood 33624

Be part of 1600 people uniting together to achieve justice in Hillsborough County!

Your presence can help create the political will of decision makers to implement long-term policy solutions that tackle the lack of decent housing affordable for working families and seniors, the lack of eldercare services that allow seniors to live independently, and the unnecessary arrests of our children.

Contact a member congregation or HOPE to get your free “Nehemiah Action Entry Ticket” today!

Justice Ministry Celebration – Monday, May 21, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm                                              The Portico – 1001 N. Florida Avenue Tampa 33602

Come to share a potluck meal, enjoy music, get updates on issues, celebrate and build community. Come take ownership for our justice ministry in HOPE by investing in it. Working together in Hillsborough County we have…..HOPE for Justice!

30th Anniversary HOPE Convention – Monday, October 22, 2018 – 6:30 pm  

RECENT HAPPENINGS…

Do you remember the 2016 Juvenile Citation Agreement we got signed by the Chief Judge, the State Attorney, the Public Defender, the Clerk of Court, and all Law Enforcement Agencies in Hillsborough County? The agreement created a pilot that gave law enforcement the discretion to offer children caught the first time with misdemeanor marijuana a citation program with assessment and treatment as needed, instead of an arrest. From August of 2016 – July 2017 it has prevented 222 children from a permanent arrest record! And due to our persistence and power the same parties made it part of a permanent policy starting August 1, 2017.


HOPE’s 2017 Nehemiah Action on March 27, was a great success!

1,300 people came together at Nativity Catholic Church to get commitments from county Commissioners Crist, Kemp and Hagan to support our Affordable Housing Trust Fund proposal, and urged the Sheriff’s, Tampa City Police, Public Defendant, State Attorney and Chief Judge’s office to make permanent the civil citation program to prevent children from being arrested for first-time misdemeanor marijuana possession.  We also got commitments from the County Administrator to improve senior services for the growing senior population in our County. Read more about the Nehemiah Action…

Interested in learning more?