Pat Morgan with her bookPat Morgan is an expert on homelessness, the multi-award-winning author of The Concrete Killing Fields, One Woman’s Battle to Break the Cycle of Homelessness, a self-confessed political junkie and “Arkansas Traveler” veteran of the Clinton for President, and Clinton-Gore campaigns. She is also a mostly unsuccessful political candidate (won 1, lost 2 but learned a LOT along the way), a former elected official in county government, an unabashed policy wonk, and relentless (ask anybody who knows her) advocate for effective services, especially mental health treatment, and housing for homeless people. Oddly enough, Pat was a real estate broker and former banker (occupations not necessarily noted for altruism) when she answered the call from the concrete killing fields of homelessness—and found her calling.

Bill Clinton and Pat

Bill Clinton and Pat

An expert on homelessness, she has received numerous awards, including the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness’ 2006 Innovation Award (in a Republican administration) for her contributions to ending chronic homelessness. Learning enough to be an expert in the policies, programs, and politics of homelessness, she says, might have been deadly dull if she hadn’t spent five years in the basement of her church where she learned her most important lessons from hundreds of homeless people with “staggering levels of disabilities.” She learned almost as much from her battles to secure the services, treatment, and housing to help them break the cycle of streets, shelters, hospitals and, for far too many, jails.

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The Concrete Killing Fields

It’s been a “wildly improbable ride,” she says, one that took her from the cotton fields and dusty streets of a tiny town in Arkansas to the Street Ministry in the heart of the concrete killing fields of Memphis, Tennessee to the highest level of federal policy making in the nation’s capital, the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, then a working group of the White House Domestic Policy Council.

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Totally frustrated with the lack of resources for homeless people, and devastated by the rising body count from the concrete killing fields, Pat had resigned as the unpaid director of The Street Ministry, a drop-in/resource center, and enrolled in Rhodes College, “mostly to get the credentials to go with what I’d already learned so I’d have a more credible voice in developing policies.”  She already had a degree from the “school of hard knocks,” having graduated magna cum laude in “street smarts.” Luckily, her three grown, independent sons were supportive (after she promised not to go out for cheerleader), especially after she was selected (at age 50) by TIME Magazine as a “Rising Star,” one of “20 Outstanding College Juniors in America.” Being featured in TIME led to a Washington Semester in American Politics at American University, and an internship in the office of then-Senator Al Gore, for whom she’d campaigned when he’d sought the Democratic nomination for president.

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But it was her long-standing, rock-solid support of then-Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton that would result in a presidential appointment to the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness, then a working group of the White House Domestic Policy. That would come after she’d tromped through the snowy streets of New Hampshire, worked days, nights and weekends at the Washington Operations Listen to Pat's radio interviewOffice, and then organized and directed the Office of Presidential Correspondence at the Office of Presidential Transitions. Throughout it all, she was driven by the memories of the “street people” she’d loved and lost to the concrete killing fields and those still most at-risk. Their stories are the heart and soul of her book. 

An engaging, experienced public speaker with a refreshing sense of humor to balance the seriousness of her work, Pat is available for speaking engagements, short-term consulting, and even shorter advice by email. 

Excerpt from Foreword Reviews’ 5-Star Review by Elizabeth Millard 

A blend of memoir, social advocacy, and stories about homeless men in Memphis, Tennessee, The Concrete Killing Fields is at once deeply personal and broadly drawn….Perhaps most compelling, Morgan doesn’t hold back about the frustrations of working not just with the system, but with the homeless themselves.….The author even proposes a “Twelve Steps for Do-Gooders” based on the model followed by Alcoholics Anonymous. This powerful document, delivered with concision, artfully describes the difficult balance that many advocates and social workers must strike in order to be truly helpful. In step four, for example, she writes, “Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of myself and the “help” I was trying to provide to others, often rendered unrecognizable because of my frustration and anger at the very people I wanted so much to help.”…Where the book shines the brightest is in Morgan’s description of these very individuals… Read the rest of the review … 

The Concrete Killing Fields

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An engaging, experienced public speaker with a refreshing sense of humor to balance the seriousness of her work, Pat is available for speaking engagements, short-term consulting, and even shorter advice by email or phone