State Homeless Coordinator Steps Down

Governor Neil Abercrombie announced Thursday that his Coordinator on Homelessness Marc Alexander resigned to attend to personal matters.
Alexander’s resignation is effective on Friday.
Gov. Abercrombie stressed that the plan to end homelessness will continue.
The state said actions to address homelessness, which are now being led by the Hawaii Interagency Council on Homelessness, will remain on track.
"Marc Alexander has done outstanding work as the coordinator in bringing together leaders from throughout the community and this work will continue as a priority. The time has come to put more structure to this effort," said Gov. Abercrombie. "I am pleased that Marc accomplished the coordination aspect of what is now a movement to end homelessness."
"It has been an honor to work with Governor Abercrombie on establishing this mission. Homelessness is not a quick fix, we have established short-term and long-term goals and we are making a positive difference in the lives of individuals who need help," said Alexander.
With the resignation of Mr. Alexander, Lynn Heirakuji will serve as interim HICH Vice-Chair.
Ms. Heirakuji is the Director of the governor’s Hawaii Fair Share Initiative and has worked with Mr. Alexander on the 90-Day Plan on Homelessness and the HICH.
In July 2011, Gov. Abercrombie signed an executive order that established HICH, a 24-member council comprised of community leaders, state department directors, and federal agency representatives to develop a unified plan on addressing homelessness.
Alexander was appointed the governor’s Coordinator on Homelessness nearly one year ago.
He immediately began coordinating efforts between counties, non-profits, state, and federal agencies to work together on homelessness.
Under his leadership, the state launched a 90-Day Plan on homelessness, which outlined key objectives in reducing the number of homeless individuals in the state.
From August to November 2011, 1,235 people were moved from the streets, emergency shelters, domestic violence shelters, or transitional shelters into transitional or permanent housing.

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