Colleen Murphy


Colleen Murphy is the Manager of CES Access at the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA). Since 2017, she has been the co-lead on the County of Los Angeles’ strategy to build and foster a more coordinated outreach system for the 45,000 people experiencing unsheltered homelessness. Previously, she served as a Director of Outreach and Community Engagement at both PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) in Southeast LA and St Joseph Center on the Westside. She’s a trained public health professional and researcher with more than 20 years’ experience fostering community engagement, partnerships and outreach in underserved communities both here in LA and in sub-Saharan Africa. She received her bachelor’s degree in international affairs from James Madison University and her postgraduate diploma in epidemiology from the University of London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

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Why Los Angeles’ Homelessness Approach Is Working—With The Right Ingredients

by Colleen Murphyvia Eureka
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Homelessness is on the rise across California. From Kern County to Alameda County, the housing crisis and economic disparities are pushing more and more people into homelessness.