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.
SFMTA Expands Access to Free Muni, Creates Deeper Discounts on Tow and Boot Fees for Low-Income People
April 29, 2020
Driving Toward Justice
April 27, 2020
Roundup of San Francisco Actions to Alleviate the Burden of Government Fines, Fees and Collections During the COVID-19 Crisis
April 07, 2020
Can't afford to pay your fine, fee or ticket in San Francisco?
November 26, 2019
Urban Institute releases evaluation of San Francisco Child Support Debt Relief Pilot
September 10, 2019
The Financial Justice Project partners with Mayor London Breed and the San Francisco Human Services Agency to launch San Francisco Museums for All.
August 27, 2019
San Francisco Ends “Poverty Penalty”— Clears All Driver's License Suspensions for People Who Missed Traffic Court Dates
April 19, 2019