Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!

HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 22 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…                 

UPCOMING EVENTS – Get Involved!

Monday, March 27, 2017 – Nehemiah Action, 6:30 pm, Nativity Catholic Church, 705 East Brandon Blvd. Brandon, FL 33511

Sign-In & Music: 6:30 pm
Agenda: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

DID YOU KNOW? About 10,000 children in Florida were unnecessarily arrested last year for minor offenses.
DID YOU KNOW? 54,000 working families and seniors in Hillsborough pay over 1/2 their income on housing.
DID YOU KNOW? 27,700 seniors (60+) in Hillsborough live in poverty, with incomes less than $14,000 a year.

INVITED? Hillsborough County Commissioners, County Sheriff, City Police Chiefs, Chief Judge, State Attorney, Public Defender, Elder Care Officers and YOU!

Together 1,500 people strong we can achieve long-term solutions!

Bring 3 to achieve a greater degree of justice:
-Decent Housing for Families & Seniors with Low Incomes!
-Equal Justice & Fairness for Our Children!
-Decent & Available Care for our Elders!

You are encouraged to carpool.

 

RECENT HAPPENINGS…

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…

Interested in learning more?