Gov. David Ige Monday announced that Scott Morishige will join the administration on August 24th as the Governor's Coordinator on Homelessness.
Morishige will serve as the state's point person for homelessness, which includes leading the Hawai‘i Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH), staffing the Governor's Leadership Team on Homelessness, and working closely with Director of Human Services Rachael Wong and the rest of the cabinet on its coordinated statewide plan. He and his team will be located in the Governor's office.
Morishige will be leaving his position as executive director of PHOCUSED, a nonprofit and advocacy organization for health and human services, where he is responsible for the operations of the organization. He has managed multi-million dollar programs for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Helping Hands Hawai‘i.
He was a successful grant writer and directly managed and implemented various projects for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families at Alu Like, Inc., The Salvation Army and Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i. Morishige also has experience working at the State Legislature and the Legislative Reference Bureau. He is active on the Susannah Wesley Community Center board and has served on the Access to Justice Commission, the Parents, Inc. board, and the Hawai‘i Commission for National & Community Service.
“Scott is an experienced nonprofit leader with a deep commitment to strengthening human services in Hawai‘i. He understands how to develop and sustain programs, as well as the value of building and maintaining relationships to get things done. Perhaps most importantly, Scott has the knowledge and networks to step right into this vital leadership role,” said Gov. Ige.
"I am excited to join the Governor and his leadership team to address homelessness, which is one of the most complex issues facing our state. This is an opportunity to build upon the great work of service providers and collaboratively work together with them and other stakeholders to identify and implement effective solutions," said Mr. Morishige.
Composed of state department directors, federal agency representatives, and community leaders, the HICH is tasked with providing solutions to end homelessness and strengthen the continuity of efforts to end homelessness across future State of Hawai‘i administrations. It is housed administratively within the state Department of Human Services.
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