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HOPE works to reduce recidivism and unemployment in Tampa

By July 15, 2013September 8th, 2015No Comments

In 2013, HOPE successfully persuaded the Tampa City Council to tackle unemployment by passing the Tampa Criminal History Screening Practices Ordinance that removes from the city’s job application the question asking if an applicant has a criminal record, thereby reducing discrimination in the hiring process and opening doors to potential employment.

In 2010-2011, HOPE got Hillsborough Community College to develop nine Fast-Track Job Skill Certificate programs, which will give unemployed individuals an opportunity to acquire relevant job skills.