Hillsborough County has HOPE for Justice!
HOPE is a multi-issue, grassroots, community organization consisting of 23 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:
Civil 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…
Local Affordable Housing Fund for families with low incomes
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. We got the county to allot $5.125 million for the construction and rehab of more affordable housing in the 2019 County Budget. Read more…
Increasing 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 services. We got the county to allot $3 million to the Department of Aging Services to increase in-home services. Since December 2017, over 1,700 additional seniors have been served.
30th Anniversary HOPE Convention – Monday, October 22, 2018 – 6:30 pm
services to meet the growing needs. Read more…
UPCOMING EVENTS – Get Involved!
30th Anniversary HOPE Convention – Monday, October 22, 2018 – Sign In: 6:30 p.m.; A Choir: 6:45 p.m.; Agenda: 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at Tampa First Seventh Day Adventist Church, located at 822 W. Linebaugh Ave. Tampa 33612. (SE corner of W. Linebaugh Ave and N. Boulevard).
HOPE congregations and friends will celebrate 30 years of winning long-term changes in Hillsborough County improving the lives of ten of thousands of families, hear reports from decision makers on commitments made at the April 16 Nehemiah Action with 1300 people regarding youth civil citations, affordable housing and elder care, and vote to determine community problems to tackle in 2019.
Contact a member congregation or HOPE to get your free “Convention Entry Ticket” today!
HOPE Rally – Monday, March 11, 2019 – Sign-In: 6:30 pm – Agenda: 7 pm – 8:30 pm
We will report our on our research, propose potential solutions, and build toward a powerful Nehemiah Action with decision makers.
Nehemiah Action – Monday, April 1, 2019 – Sign-In: 6:30 pm – Agenda: 7 pm – 8:30 pm at Bible-Based Fellowship Church, 4811 Ehrlich Rd., Carrollwood 33624
1400 people will unite together to achieve justice in Hillsborough County! Your presence helped create the political will of decision makers to implement long-term policy solutions to improve the quality of life for all in Hillsborough County.
Justice Ministry Celebration – Monday, May 13, 2018, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at The Portico, 1001 N Florida Ave, Tampa, FL 33602
We will unite to share a potluck meal, enjoy music, get updates on issues, celebrate and build community. We will unite to take ownership for our justice ministry in HOPE by investing in it. Working together in Hillsborough County we have…..HOPE for Justice!
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…