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Brooke Elizabeth Spellman

Principal Associate, Social & Economic Policy

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Brooke Spellman is a national leader in conducting research and developing strategies to improve policy and programmatic responses to homelessness and poverty. She has expertise in using homeless management information system (HMIS) and mainstream system administrative data to understand homelessness, patterns of homeless service utilization, client outcomes, and homeless and mainstream system costs. 

Her work includes strategic planning, facilitation, system-level and program-level service delivery, research and evaluation, technical assistance and training, performance measurement, outcomes-based funding and grants management for local government and nonprofits related to homelessness, the CoC planning processes and HMIS.

She led a HUD-funded evaluation of the efficacy of the HUD Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration, has been involved in the Family Options Study, a random assignment study of interventions for homeless families, and is the principal investigator for the evaluation of the Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative funded by Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. She has extensive knowledge of and experience in managing homeless systems and HUD grant programs for housing and homeless assistance programs in large urban and metropolitan county areas.

Spellman received her M.A. in Urban & Regional Planning with a specialization in housing and community development from the University of Florida. She earned her B.A. in Architecture from Wellesley College.  
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  • Homeless and poverty
  • Low-income housing
  • Technical assistance
  • Research and evaluation
  • Performance measurement
  • Project management and strategic planning
  • Capacity building 

Key Projects

  • Los Angeles Chronic Homelessness Initiative Evaluation, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
  • Rapid Re-Housing for Families Demonstration Program, HUD
  • OneCPD, Homeless, and HMIS Technical Assistance, HUD

Selected Publications/Presentations

  • Finkel, M., Henry, M., Matthews, N., Spellman, B., Culhane, D. (2014) Evaluation of the Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration Final Report. Cambridge MA: Abt Associates Inc.
  • Gubits, D., Spellman, B., Dunton, L., Brown, S., Wood, M. (2013) Interim Report Family Options Study. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Spellman, B., Khadduri, J., Sokol, B., & Leopold, J. (2010) Costs Associated with First-time Homelessness for Families and Individuals. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Spellman, B. and Abbenante, M. (2008) What Gets Measured, Gets Done: A Toolkit on Performance Measurement for Ending Homelessness.  Washington, D.C.: National Alliance to End Homelessness.
  • Burt, M. and Spellman, B. (2007) Changing Homeless and Mainstream Service Systems: Essential Approaches to Ending Homelessness.  In Dennis, D., Locke, G., and Khadduri, J. (Eds.), Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
  • Spellman, B. (2003) Recommendations to Improve Federal Homeless Assistance Programs and Local Homeless Planning.  Master’s Thesis, Urban and Regional Planning Department, University of Florida, Gainesville.