Homelessness Series

On September 14, 2015, HPR launched a weeklong series bringing national perspective to our state’s homelessness problem. On the talk program The Conversation (airing on HPR-2, weekdays from 8 to 9 a.m.), guests who have addressed the issue in their own cities, as well as across the country, offered context and comment on Hawaiʻi’s current status. They included such national speakers as Matthew Doherty, executive director of the United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; Dr. Sam Tsemberis, founder and CEO of Pathways to Housing; Nan Roman, president and CEO of the National Alliance to End Homelessness; and Jennifer Ho, senior advisor for housing and services to HUD Secretary Julián Castro. Each of the islands’ four mayors (Alan Arakawa, Maui County; Kirk Caldwell, City & County of Honolulu; Bernard Carvalho, Kauaʻi County; and Billy Kenoi, Hawaiʻi County), as well as Scott Morishige, Hawaiʻi state coordinator on homelessness, were also been invited to speak of their offices’ respective efforts.  Additionally, The Conversation explored how homelessness affects Honolulu’s arts and culture community. 

HPR’s weekly public affairs forum Town Square (HPR-2, Thursday from 5 – 6 p.m.) presented a roundtable of three representatives from Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, chair, Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, chief executive officer, Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, interim executive director of PHOCUSED. As it is most weeks, the show was broadcast live and listeners’ calls are included in the archived audio.

The Conversation: Friday, September 18th 2015

Sep 18, 2015
Hawaii H.O.M.E. Project

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  

The Conversation: Thursday, September 17th 2015

Sep 17, 2015
Baron Sekiya / Mayor's Office, County of Hawai‘i

Executive Director of National Alliance to End Homelessness; Kumu Kahua Theatre Co-existing with Homeless Community; Youth and Family Homelessness; Homelessness in Hawai‘i County

President and CEO of National Alliance to End Homelessness: Nan Roman

Town Square: Homelessness in Hawaii

Sep 17, 2015
Michael Coghlan / Flickr
Michael Coghlan / Flickr

Continuing this week’s focus on Hawai‘i homelessness, our panel of three of Oʻahu’s top homeless outreach providers: Greg Payton, Chair of Partners in Care; Sheila Beckham, CEO of Waikiki Health; and Scott Fuji, Interim Executive Director of PHOCUSED.

The Conversation: Wednesday, September 16th 2015

Sep 16, 2015

Home For Good Initiative; Dancer Nikki Guess; USICH Regional Coordinator; Homelessness in Maui County

Home For Good Initiative: Christine Margiotta

The Conversation: Tuesday, September 15th 2015

Sep 15, 2015
Diana Kim

Community Solutions and the 100,000 Homes Campaign; The Homeless Paradise Blog; Special Assistant to the Mayor of Houston for Homeless Initiatives; Homelessness in the C&C of Honolulu

Community Solutions: Beth Sandor

The Conversation: Monday, September 14th 2015

Sep 14, 2015

Executive Director of United States Interagency Council on Homelessness; For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When The Rainbow is Enuf; CEO of Pathways to Housing National; Homelessness on Kaua‘i

Executive Director of United States Interagency Council on Homelessness: Matt Doherty