Homelessness

“Thanks to the collaborative work of the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness, we’ve taken great steps forward in addressing homelessness in Hawaii.”

~ Gov. Neil Abercrombie

Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness

Gov_HICH_mtgThe Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness (HICH) was established in July 2011 through executive order by Gov. Neil Abercrombie. Composed of state department directors, federal agency representatives, and community leaders, the HICH was tasked with providing solutions to end homelessness and strengthen the continuity of efforts to end homelessness across future State of Hawaii administrations.

The HICH is required to report annually to the governor, the state Legislature, and the mayor of each county on the progress of its activities, including formulation and progress of the 10-year plan no later than 20 days prior to the convening of each regular session.

Colin_KippenHoused administratively within the state Department of Human Services (DHS), the HICH is chaired by Colin Kippen, appointed in June 2012 to serve as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness. The HICH held its first official meeting on Sept. 10, 2012.

The HICH adopted a plan consisting of four goals, 11 objectives, and 39 strategies. That plan is consistent with the approach taken by the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) created by President Barack Obama in 2010 to end homelessness throughout the nation.

Hawaii was the first state in the union to create a state interagency council patterned after the USICH. The work of the HICH has been further informed by its members, by knowledgeable volunteers, service providers, and community members, and by best practices to address homelessness in Hawaii and across the United States.

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