Brent Howell was an Urban Institute associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center, where he contributes to projects studying housing access, youth homelessness, supportive housing for child welfare–involved families, and performance management. His work focuses on housing stability, the role of supportive services in housing, and the development and sustainability of affordable housing.
Before joining Urban, Howell worked as a research assistant at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, where he assisted with housing preservation litigation. While at the Shriver Center he produced a spatial analysis of Chicago’s distribution of project-based Section 8 units, which provided evidence that they were located primarily in areas of poverty and high concentrations of racial minorities. He worked previously as a case manager for the housing choice voucher program in Ottawa County, Michigan.
Howell graduated from Grand Valley State University in 2009, earning BS degrees in economics and political science.