Governor extends homeless proclamation through August


Gov. David Ige signed Monday a fifth supplemental proclamation on homelessness, which will remain in effect until August of this year.

The supplemental proclamation provides an additional 60 days in which the state’s cross-sector collaboration and coordinated efforts with the counties can continue.

“The state has taken strides forward in creating a truly client-centered system among federal, state, county and community organizations,” said Scott Morishige, the governor’s coordinator on homelessness. “We are seeing unprecedented alignment of services and a commitment to the common goal of connecting people to permanent, stable housing as quickly as possible.”

Morishige made the statement from the Maui Landlord Summit, where he outlined progress in the state’s unified response to homelessness.

The Maui Landlord Summit is the fourth in a series of state-supported events aimed at increasing government-assisted housing inventory. It serves to introduce potential landlords to homeless service providers and government agencies providing landlord support. It’s a collaborative effort between the State of Hawaii, County of Maui and Maui’s nonprofit service providers.

Meanwhile, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority (HPHA) board has approved emergency rules to establish a special rental subsidy program, which will make available approximately $600,000 to quickly move at least 100 homeless families statewide into housing.

“With partnership with local nonprofits, this program is specifically focused on homeless families, where we expect to have an immediate, noticeable and lasting impact across generations,” said HPHA executive director Hakim Ouansafi.

“We are looking at new and creative ways for the community to pool funds, leverage resources, and work in alignment across all sectors to house and stabilize people experiencing homelessness,” Morishige said.

Over the past week, representatives from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Governors Association have been in Hawaii as the Governor’s office has convened cross-sector meetings with stakeholders from every county and every sector.

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