Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

Sister Lillian Murphy, Mercy Housing

For children to be able to learn, for families to be healthy, and for the elderly to be safe, a supply of stable, affordable housing must be available.

Sister Lillian Murphy has been chief executive officer of Mercy Housing since 1987. Under her leadership, Mercy Housing has grown to become an award winning national not-for-profit housing organization operating in 41 states and the District of Columbia and serving over 139,000 people in more than 41,000 units of quality affordable homes. She holds a master’s in public health from the University of California, Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in social science from the University of San Francisco.

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