Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!

HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 21 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.

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…                 


Monday, September 12, 2016: Justice Ministry Listening Process Training and Kick-Off @ 6:30 pm

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church – School Cafeteria
3012 W. Cherry St. Tampa, FL 33607 (School Cafeteria near Walnut Street, 1 block south of Cherry)

Team Leaders join us for our Listening Process Training and Kick-off. During this time, Team Leaders practice skills to lead house meetings, strengthen relationships, identify personal stories related to community problems, and build Justice Ministry Networks through one-to-one or small group conversations.

Monday, October 24, 2016: HOPE’s 28th Annual Convention; Sign-in @ 6:30 pm

Corpus Christi Catholic Church
9715 N. 56th St, Temple Terrace, FL 33617

Join us at our Annual Convention, where decision makers will report on their April commitments, and our congregations’ Justice Ministry Network Members will vote to prioritize next year’s community problems and elect officers!


HOPE Justice Ministry Members can celebrate the July 2016 signing of the Juvenile Citation Agreement by the Chief Judge, the State Attorney, the Public Defender, the Clerk of Court, and all Law Enforcement Agencies in Hillsborough County, including the Hillsborough County Sheriff! This pilot gives law enforcement the discretion to offer children caught the first time with misdemeanor marijuana a citation program with assessment and treatment as needed, instead an arrest. It includes all children within the three cities and the entire county. We have moved mountains! Now we need to evaluate and work to ensure the Pilot is implemented well, so it is successful and becomes the formal policy of Hillsborough County so we can reduce the arrest and criminalizing of our children.

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 proposal, 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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