San Francisco is the first city and county in the nation to launch a Financial Justice Project to assess and reform how fees and fines impact our city’s low-income residents and communities of color. Fines, fees, and financial penalties can trap low-income residents in a maze of poverty and punishment and prevent people from succeeding. We work with community groups, city and county departments and the courts to advance reforms that work better for people and for government. Working with our partners, we have eliminated or adjusted dozens of fees and fines to lift a financial burden off of struggling residents. We are housed in the San Francisco Office of the Treasurer & Tax Collector.
Working with our partners, we’re making a difference
Every single one of us is dealing with this stuff. We know what it looks like to be dealing with these systems that continue to trip us up when we’re trying to get on our feet.
--Amika Mota, Young Women's Freedom Center
Someone tells their story and officials who are drowning in paperwork can better understand the magnitude of the issue.
--Javier Bremond, Community Housing Partnership
I’m speaking on behalf of the other homeless people. It feels good to be able to be part of something bigger than yourself.
Need plans this summer? Disadvantaged SF residents can attend museums for free - Mission Local
June 16, 2022
Anne Stuhldreher Discusses the Success of SF's Financial Justice Project - San Francisco Rising (SFGovTV)
May 17, 2022
How NYC Can Overhaul ‘Discriminatory’ Government Fines and Fees: Report - City Limits
April 28, 2022
Eliminating Discriminatory Fines & Fees: Learning from San Francisco - Center for an Urban Future
April 28, 2022
Op-Ed: Miss a traffic ticket deadline, add $300. Guess who this affects the most - LA Times
April 21, 2022
Local Transportation Entity Looked Within to Build Alert Solution - Techwire
April 20, 2022
U.S. cities scrap 'problem' fines seen fueling race, income gaps - Thomson Reuters Foundation
April 01, 2022