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Gretchen Locke

Principal Associate, Social and Economic Policy

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Gretchen Locke specializes in evaluation research on programs for people who are homeless, elderly, disabled, or have other special needs. Locke, who has more than two dozen years of research and technical assistance experience, is an experienced project director with expertise in quantitative and qualitative techniques including random control trials, implementation studies, administrative data analyses, survey research, and case study approaches.

At Abt Associates Locke is directing a multiyear study of costs and tenant outcomes of permanent supportive housing financed by the State of Connecticut and a study of a health care occupation training programs for low income, entry-level workers. Locke completed a multi-site study for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on linking housing and Medicaid-funded services in permanent supportive housing. She also directed a random assignment study of the Homebase homelessness prevention program for families in New York City.

Prior to Abt, Locke was a research assistant for the Cambridge (MA) Housing Authority and the Cambridge Community Development Department. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Togo, West Africa. She obtained her Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University. 
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Expertise/Skills

  • Affordable housing
  • Issues facing seniors and persons with disabilities
  • Disaster recovery
  • Research and evaluation




Key Projects

  • Multi-Year Evaluation of Permanent Supportive Housing Financed by the State of Connecticut
  • Chronic Homelessness Permanent Supportive Housing Voucher Demonstration Evaluation Design Option
  • Impact Studies of the Health Professions Opportunity Grants         
  • Evaluation of Homebase Homelesness Prevention Program




Publications

Lead Author:
  • Final Report: Study of Household Transition from the Disaster Housing Assistance Program (DHAP-Katrina), U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 2013, with Larry Buron.
  • Making Subsidized Rental Housing a Platform for Improved Health for Vulnerable Populations”; policy paper prepared for a forum entitled The Intersection of Housing Policy and Health, sponsored by Abt Associates and held in Washington, D.C. on September 12, 2012, with Jill Khadduri.
  • Multiyear Evaluation of Permanent Supportive Housing Financed by the State of Connecticut: Interim Report on Tenant and Neighborhood Characteristics of Permanent Supportive Housing; Corporation for Supportive Housing, January 2012, with Emily Holt.
  • End of Participation in Assisted Housing: What Can We Learn About Aging in Place? U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, February 2011, with Ken Lam, Meghan Henry, and Scott Brown.
  • Housing Models in Toward Understanding Homelessness: The 2007 National Symposium on Homelessness Research, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, September 2007, with Jill Khadduri and Ann O’Hara.
  • Implications of Project Size in Section 811 and Section 202 Assisted Projects for Persons with Disabilities. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, March 2004, with Caryn Nagler and Ken Lam.
  • Assessment of the Loss of Housing for Non-Elderly People with Disabilities. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, October 2000, with Sandra Nolden, Naomi Michlin, Kristin Winkel, Paul Elwood.
 
Contributing Author:
  • Medicaid and Permanent Supportive Housing for Chronically Homeless Individuals: Emerging Practices from the Field; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, October 2014, with Martha Burt and Carol Wilkins.
  • A Primer on Using Medicaid for People Experiencing Chronic Homelessness and Tenants in Permanent Supportive Housing; U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, October 2014, with Carol Wilkins and Martha Burt.
  • Final Report: Evaluation of the Demonstration Predevelopment Grant Program. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, November 2012, with Melissa Vandawalker and Ken Lam.
  • Multiyear Evaluation of Permanent Supportive Housing Financed by the State of Connecticut: Interim Report on Development and Operating Costs of Permanent Supportive Housing. Corporation for Supportive Housing, January 2012, with Kimberly Burnett.
  • “Housing Stability among Homeless Individuals with Serious Mental Illness Participating in Housing First Programs,” Journal of Community Psychology, Volume 37, Number 3, with Carol Pearson and Ann Elizabeth Montgomery.
  • The Applicability of Housing First Models to Homeless Persons with Serious Mental Illness. U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, December 2005, with Carol Pearson, Ann Elizabeth Montgomery, and Larry Buron.