Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!

HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 25 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…                 

 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!

Monday, October 23 – 29th Annual HOPE Convention, 6:30 pm, Tampa First Seventh Day Adventist, 822 W Linebaugh Ave, Tampa, FL 33612

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

Don’t miss the 29th Annual HOPE Convention. For members this the first organization-wide event of the year and you don’t want to miss it.

At the meeting, members and community will unite to receive current issue reports on Civil Citations, Affordable Housing, and Elder Care. We expect to also hear status reports on the commitments made by our officials: Commissioner Crist, Commissioner Kemp, State Attorney Warren, Chief Judge Ficarrotta, Public Defender Holt, and the County Administrator’s office. Members will also elect the executive board and prioritize the issues for the 2017-2018 cycle.

See you there!

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 an arrest. Since August of last year it has prevented 182 children from a permanent arrest record! And due to our push we got an agreement from the same parties to make it a permanent program before 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?