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.
UPCOMING Dec. 9, 2021 Info Session on 2022 Fine and Fee Justice Bootcamp
November 19, 2021
Policies and Programs for Inclusive and Equitable Recovery - The Urban Institute
November 18, 2021
'High Pain, Low Gain': How Bridge Toll Penalties Pile Debt on Lower-Income Drivers - KQED
November 09, 2021
Gov. signs bill to pilot higher compensation for low-income jurors in SF!
October 12, 2021
California Writes Off $534M in Justice Debt for Low-Income Residents - The Crime Report
October 04, 2021
Oct. 7 Webinar: NEW SFMTA Discounts for San Franciscans Experiencing Homelessness
September 24, 2021
Case Study on The San Francisco Financial Justice Project - Results For America
September 15, 2021