Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation for Single Room Occupancy Dwellings

The Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation for Single Room Occupancy Dwellings (Section 8 Mod Rehab/SRO) program provides rental assistance on behalf of homeless individuals so that they can obtain permanent housing in rehabilitated SRO facilities with appropriate supportive services. These programs are administered by public housing agencies (PHAs), but SRO projects are owned and managed primarily by non-profit organizations. The program provides for 10 years of rental assistance to a project based on the fair market rents (FMRs) in the area.

HUD renews all SRO projects out of the Housing Certificate Fund on an annual basis rather than the Homeless Assistance Grant account.  The SRO program will be discontinued through the implementation of the HEARTH Act programs, however all activities previously eligible under the SRO program will continue to be eligible under the new Continuum of Care (CoC) program.

View the program website

To access the guidebook for service providers on the Continuum of Care program produced by HUD go to:

Eligible Applicants:

Public housing agencies (PHAs) and private nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply for SRO Program funds. Nonprofit organizations, however, must subcontract with a PHA to administer rental assistance.

Eligible Beneficiaries:

Unaccompanied homeless individuals.

Funding Mechanism:

Grants under the SRO Program are awarded through a national competition held annually. A notice of funding availability, published in the Federal Register, establishes submission dates for applications. SRO projects should be submitted through the community Continuum of Care system.

Changes under HEARTH:

On May 20, 2009, President Obama signed the Homeless Emergency and Rapid Transition to Housing (HEARTH) Act of 2009.The HEARTH Act amends and reauthorizes the McKinney‐Vento Homeless Assistance Act with substantial changes, including a consolidation of HUD’s competitive homeless assistance grant programs (Supportive Housing Program, Shelter Plus Care, and Section 8/ Single Room Occupancy Dwelling) into one program – the Continuum of Care Program. These changes will not go into effect until HUD has issued final regulations.  For more information, visit the HUDHRE.