Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!

HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 20 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 act effectively together to achieve long term resolution to serious community problems.

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 rent market 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…                 



APRIL 21, 2016 @ 5:30 PM, MARCH ON SHERIFF’S OFFICE: On Thursday, April 21st, at 5:30 pm, we will be marching in front of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Ybor City to put public pressure on him to change his policy of arresting children for first time misdemeanor marijuana possession.  Join us! March with us on April 21st at 5:30 pm in front of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office in Historic Ybor City (2008 E 8th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605).

MAY 4, 2016 @ 9 AM, HOPE GOES TO THE BOCC TO DISCUSS OUR AFFORDABLE HOUSING TRUST PROPOSAL: Come with HOPE to the Hillsborough Board of County Commission. Our Affordable Housing Trust Fund Proposal will be on the agenda at 10:15 am. We plan to generate discussion among all Commissioners and get our solution moving. Let’s pack the room!

HOPE 2016 Justice Ministry Celebration: Monday, May 23, 2016, 6:30 pm

Tampa First Seventh-day Adventist Church
822 W. Linebaugh Avenue
Tampa, FL 33612-7856

Join us as we tell our story, celebrate the work of our network members and our accomplishments, take ownership for our justice ministry…and look forward to planning a new year of justice work!


HOPE’s 2016 Nehemiah Action on Monday, April 4, was a great success!

Over 1,000 people came together in Higgins Hall to get commitments from county Commissioners Crist and Beckner to support our Affordable Housing Trust Fund propsal, and urge the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office to stop arresting children for first-time misdemeanor marijuana possession. Read more about the Nehemiah Action…

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