Scott Morishige currently serves as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness and is the point person for all homeless issues in the state. Scott works closely with Governor David Ige and his cabinet to provide broad policy direction and coordination for the many stakeholders in Hawai’i addressing the issue of homelessness. The Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness is part of the Hawai’i Department of Human Services, and reports to the Director of Human Services. Scott also serves as the Chair of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Scott was previously the executive director of PHOCUSED, a nonprofit and advocacy organization for health and human services. Additionally, Scott has previously served for a number of local nonprofit organizations, including ALU Like, Inc., The Salvation Army, Helping Hands Hawai’i, Hawai`i Community Foundation and the Legal Aid Society of Hawai’i.
Scott holds a Master’s degree in social work from the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Oregon State University.
Meet Our Team
The GCH office is supported by a hard working staff, as well as a combination of policy and social work student interns. Click on the photos below for a brief bio explaining who our staff are and what they do.
Other State Department Homeless Coordinators
Certain State Departments have their own designated Homeless Coordinator to coordinate and align efforts within their agencies. Our office works closely with these other coordinators to address homelessness statewide. Click on the photos below for a short video explaining the role of these coordinators and how they partner with GCH.
To learn more about the role of State Homeless Coordinators in addressing homelessness and how they partner with nonprofit service providers and other government agencies, please view the short video below from the 2020 Statewide Homeless Awareness Virtual Conference:
State Framework to Address Homelessness
Implementing a Housing First system – so that children do not grow up in homelessness – addresses the social determinants of health and improves outcomes not only for the current generation, but for those to come. In 2016, the Governor and the Hawai’i Interagency Council on Homelessness adopted a comprehensive State framework to address homelessness, which directly addresses these root causes, including healthcare, education, safety, living/work environments, and housing. Concurrently, the State strategically presses on three levers to address homelessness: Affordable Housing, Health & Human Services, and Public Safety.
To learn more about the State’s approach to homelessness, read the State Framework to Address Homelessness.
The State is currently working on reviewing the ten-year plan to end homelessness. Please view the framework for the draft ten-year plan for 2022-2023.