The Conversation: Friday, September 18th 2015

Sep 18, 2015

Hawai‘i H.O.M.E. Project; Senior Advisor for Housing and Services to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro; Hawaii State Coordinator on Homelessness

Hawai‘i H.O.M.E. Project: Dr. Jill Omori  

Students working for the Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project
Credit Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project

A life without shelter is a life that’s at risk of any number of medical conditions, with minimal access to care. Students at the John A. Burns School of Medicine care for as many as they can through the school’s Homeless Outreach and Medical Education Project and the acronym says it all… these problems are quite literally close to home.   Dr. Jill Omori, who runs the H.O.M.E. Project, joined us in studio to tell us about the program and its goals.

  • Intro Music: Put a Little Love by Natural Vibrations
  • Outro Music:  On My Way Back Home by Jim Ward

Senior Advisor for Housing and Services to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro: Jennifer Ho

All this week, we've talked with people from different communities around the country and some of the leading national voices working to end homelessness. While there is no singular solution that will work for all faces of homelessness, the nexus of all solutions seems to be housing. To which Jennifer Ho would add First. She is the Senior Advisor for Housing and Services to U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro. A Housing First approach is the bedrock of the all the strategies to end homelessness that her department is advancing. Jennifer Ho joined the show via phone from her office in Washington.

  • Intro Music: Home by Foo Fighters
  • Outro Music: Never Alone, Always Lonesome by Dorena

State Coordinator on Homelessness: Scott Morishige

To bring our series on homelessness from the outside in to an end, we wanted to give Scott Morishige, the new State Coordinator on Homelessness, the last word.  He joined us in our studio to reflect on the points raised by our guests throughout the past week.

  • Intro Music: Back Home by Ten Feet
  • Outro Music: Long Shot on the Rise by Go Jimmy Go