2490 Kalakaua Ave
Honolulu, HI 96815
Scott Morishige, MSW, Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness
Scott Morishige has built his career around helping Hawaii’s underprivileged families and individuals. He was appointed to his position as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness in August, 2015. He serves as the point person for all the homeless issues in the state, and works closely with Governor David Ige’s cabinet on the coordinated statewide plan. His office is responsible for broad policy direction and the coordination of Hawaii’s many stakeholders surrounding homelessness. He works closely with the Homeless Programs Office (HPO) in the Department of Human Services, which administers and implements homeless services and oversees all contracts and procurement.
Recently named Hawai‘i’s 2017 Social Work Practitioner of the Year by National Association of Social Workers (NASW), Scott was previously the executive director of PHOCUSED, a nonprofit and advocacy organization for health and human services. Additionally, he has managed multi-million dollar programs for the Hawai‘i Community Foundation and Helping Hands Hawai‘i. A successful grant writer, Scott managed and implemented a number of projects for low-income and vulnerable individuals and families for organizations such as Alu Like, Inc., The Salvation Army, and Legal Aid Society of Hawai‘i.
Scott holds a Master Degree of Social Work from the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa and a Political Science Degree from Oregon State University. Born and raised in Hawaii, Scott is a graduate from Mid-Pacific Institute.
In addition to serving as the Governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness, Scott’s state government posts have also included 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.