Shannon Murray

Shannon Murray

Lecturer in Social Welfare



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Shannon Murray is currently the Director of the Homeless and Housing Services Department at Watts Labor Community Action Committee, known as WLCAC.

She holds her B.A. and M.S.W. from UCLA and the UCLA Luskin Department of Social Welfare, and she is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Murray is an adjunct lecturer at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, teaching Macro Practice in Social Work. She is a founding member and the current treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Sanctuary of Hope, providing services and housing to homeless and at-risk 18- to 24-year-olds.

Murray found her passion and inspiration in working with the homeless community when she was an intern in 1995 in the M.S.W. program at UCLA. She worked in Skid Row for almost 15 years before coming to WLCAC in 2011.

She specializes in program development and operations, community organizing, policy advocacy, grant writing, permanent supportive housing and the Housing First/Harm Reduction Philosophy. She is very invested and vocal in the housing movement in Los Angeles, as well in the betterment of the South Los Angeles community, by working on every level—individual, community, city, county, state and federal.