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City of Hollywood Community Court Initiative

Award Information

Award #
Funding Category
Competitive Discretionary
Awardee County
Congressional District
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)
Original Solicitation

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $532,305)

The City of Hollywood is a coastal municipality of 153,430 residents situated midway between Fort Lauderdale and Miami, Florida. Hollywood is in the center of a bi-county area populated by the State's largest number of persons experiencing homelessness. Although homelessness is not a crime, the lack of affordable and consistent housing often leads to arrestable offenses for violations of local ordinances and commission of other low-level misdemeanor offenses. In turn, these arrests fill our county jail and clog our local court system. The Hollywood Community Court is a supportive services-based planning and implementation initiative aimed at addressing the underlying needs of homeless, petty crime, and municipal ordinance offenders. The program aims to serve approximately 400 individuals over the 4-year grant period through a focus on the underlying factors contributing to each defendantsÂ’ issues and an application of appropriate community based-support service referrals and community service-based punishments.

Date Created: September 27, 2023