Hawaii Gov. David Ige on Monday signed a fifth proclamation on homelessness, extended the crisis status until August.

“The state has taken strides forward in creating a truly client-centered system among federal, state, county and community organizations,” Scott Morishige, the governor’s coordinator on homelessness, said in a press release. “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.”

The governor’s office said Morishige made his remarks from the Maui Landlord Summit, the fourth in a series of state-supported events “aimed at increasing government-assisted housing inventory.”

The state's coordinator on homelessness, Scott Morishige, listens to Gov. Ige during a press conference, October 2015.

The state’s coordinator on homelessness, Scott Morishige, listens to Gov. Ige during a press conference, October 2015.

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Meanwhile, the Hawaii Public Housing Authority board 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.”

HPHA Executive Director Hakim Ouansafi said in a press release, “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.” 

Finally, the governor’s office said it has been meeting with representatives from the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness and the National Governors Association as well as with “stakeholders from every county and every sector.”

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