Brooke Spellman has more than 20 years of experience in strategic planning, facilitation, system-level and program-level service delivery, research and evaluation, technical assistance (TA) and training, performance measurement, and outcomes-based funding and grants management for local government and nonprofits related to homelessness. This includes work with the Continuum of Care (CoC) planning processes and homeless management information systems (HMIS). She has extensive knowledge of and experience managing U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME, Emergency Shelter Grants (ESG) and CoC grants for housing and homeless assistance programs in large urban and metropolitan county areas.
As a project director under Abt’s cooperative agreements with HUD, Spellman provides TA related to a wide range of HUD’s formula and competitive program grants to local and state entitlement grantees, public housing agencies, as well as Continuums of Care and local community stakeholders. This work also includes preparation of the Annual Homeless Assistance Report (AHAR) and targeted support for implementation of local homeless management information systems (HMIS) and point-in-time counts.
She also helps HUD’s Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program grantees and applicants design and implement systems to end youth homelessness with integral involvement of youth with lived experience. TA is provided through one-on-one and in groups by phone, email and in-person facilitation; group training; development, compilation and dissemination of written and online tools and products.
Spellman also is a senior advisor on Abt’s evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative, and is involved in data collection, interpretation and dissemination and discussion of findings.
From 2008 to 2016, Spellman served as a senior advisor to a HUD-sponsored multi-site random assignment experiment, which was designed to test the effects of alternative housing and services interventions for homeless families, notably project-based transitional housing, community-based rapid rehousing, housing subsidies without services, and usual care based out of emergency shelter.
- Community Compass Technical Assistance
- Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) Technical Assistance
- Evaluation of Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Chronic Homelessness Initiative
- Impact of Housing and Services Interventions for Homeless Families (Family Options)
- Brown, J., Henry, M., Spellman, B., Wilkins, C. (2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012) Annual Reports on the Evaluation of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation Chronic Homelessness Initiative. Cambridge, MA: Abt Associates.
- Burt, M., Wilkins, C., Spellman, B., D’Alanno, T., White, M., Henry, M., Matthews, N. (2016) Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration Programs Evaluation Report, Part 1: How They Worked - Process Evaluation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Finkel, M., Henry, M., Matthews, N., Spellman, B., Culhane, D. (2016) Rapid Re-housing for Homeless Families Demonstration Programs Evaluation Report, Part 1I: Demonstration Findings – Outcomes Evaluation. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.