Matt Pate, LMSW is a Licensed Social Worker with professional experience in the fields of mental health, substance use and homelessness. He is currently employed by the City of Tucson in the Ward 5 Council Office. Much of Matt’s work focuses on decreasing “care siloes,” improving system efficiency and cross-sector collaboration. His work in the Tucson Homeless Coalition has included the expansion of low barrier shelter options, the addition of 24/7 restrooms, housing navigators working with the Downtown Tucson Partnership as well as the development of the Tucson Homeless Work Program and Tucson Change Movement. Matt has facilitated the implementation of social services in collaboration with the Tucson City Court, including rotating housing navigators. This work seeks to reduce recidivism, promote evidence-based interventions for persons experiencing homelessness, and foster replicable pilot programs for outreach. He previously worked in community behavior health and has experience in case management, title-36 care coordination, housing program administration, program coordination and social security applications and appeals.
Matt serves on the MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Community Collaborative, working to reduce the jail bed census and improve care for persons experiencing mental health issues. His accomplishments in the field of social work have also been recognized through the receipt of the Gabe Zimmerman Memorial Scholarship, FBI Community Service Award and LULAC Silver Award. The Homeless Coalition, Homeless Work Program and Tucson Change Movement were recognized at the 13th Annual Common Ground Awards Ceremony. Matt has received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Arizona and a Master’s Degree in Social Work with an emphasis in Policy, Administration and Community Development from Arizona State University.