Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $599,556)
San Francisco Superior Court Proposal Abstract
Funds are requested for Category 2 Enhancement under Priority 1(A) in the grant announcement
The San Francisco Superior Court is requesting $599,556 in Category 2 Enhancement funding
for its Community Justice Center located at 575 Polk Street, San Francisco, California. The
courthouse is an annex to the Superior Court’s civil and criminal courthouses to provide easier
access to its targeted Tenderloin, South of Market, and Union Square area. This funding is
identified as qualifying under Priority 1(A) of the grant to provide culturally-competent
treatment and services to monolingual Spanish speaking defendants in the San Francisco
Community Justice Center (CJC). The majority are illiterate in their native language, have few
job skills, and are suffering from traumatic events that brought them to the city for survival.
Page(s) 1-4 in the proposal narrative provide documentation of the court’s plan to respond to the
priority consideration, specifically addressing the demographics of the CJC, the target
population’s needs, and the shortfall of these services this grant will address.
The Community Justice Center has seen a sharp rise in felony drug sales cases in the Tenderloin
neighborhood of San Francisco; most of the defendants referred are 18-24 year-old men, many
with very young children.
This grant will provide funding for contracts with local organizations to provide case
management, Spanish literacy and ESL, job training and placement, trauma-informed care, legal
assistance, and stable housing. It also includes a restorative justice component and evaluation.
Several possible small community-based organizations have been identified as possible
subrecipients. All have experience working with the target population and have staff and
networks to provide assistance in employment, health care, mental health care, substance use
treatment, restorative justice, and literacy. Because grant funds will be used to contract with local
CBOs that work together in a network throughout the greater Bay Area, services will not be
confined to the limited county-funded programs located in San Francisco, accessing a broader
scope of treatment, employment, and health services.
Expected outcomes are a reduction in recidivism for these participants as a result of obtaining
legal, stable income, better written and oral language skills, and better understanding of the
harms of drug sales in our community. Currently there are insufficient county resources for
monolingual Spanish speakers, so these funds will help improve racial equity for the Latin-X
population by augmenting existing treatment and services for this growing population.