Single Room Occupancy

White three-story brick single-room occupancy hotel in downtown Los Angeles, California.

‘Micro-Apartment’ Trend Underscores Housing Crisis

SROs are making a comeback under a new name as the housing supply remains strained and costs soar.

March 22, 2024 - Associated Press via Yahoo News

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Washington State Legislature Could Continue Housing Reforms in 2024

2023 saw some victories and some setbacks for housing advocates. Lawmakers plan to continue the fight in 2024.

January 4, 2024 - The Urbanist

Broadway Hotel, four-story single-room occupancy hotel in Portland, Oregon

The Return of Rooming Houses

Popular in the early 20th century, the rooming house fell out of favor, with the type now banned in many cities. With no end to the housing crisis in sight, cities are rethinking their regulation of this affordable housing option.

June 14, 2022 - Governing

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What the Pandemic Taught Us About Eliminating Homelessness

Housing advocates say the additional resources made possible by federal relief funds offer a useful model for improving conditions for unhoused people.

May 24, 2022 - MinnPost

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Vancouver Affordable Housing Programs Could Be the Envy of the Continent

It will take a combination of local, provincial, and federal funding, but Vancouver, B.C. recently approved the most ambitious vision anywhere in North America to directly address homelessness and housing affordability challenges.

October 21, 2020 - Globe and Mail

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The Urban Life of Spider-Man

Peter Parker used to struggle to pay the rent, and many people can relate to the superhero's precarious housing situation over the years.

July 24, 2019 - Market Urbanism

Portland skyline from the Benson Hotel

SROs Are Getting People Off the Streets in Portland

Single-room-occupancy hotels are providing much-needed affordable housing for the city’s most vulnerable residents.

May 10, 2019 - Oregon Live

Dolores Park

Opinion: Pricey Dorms Aren't the Problem with San Francisco

It's easy to make fun of expensive “adult dorms,” but in a San Francisco property market with few options beyond single-family homes, other living options should be welcomed

March 13, 2018 - Slate

Single Room Occupancy

NYC's Rental Market Returns to the Single Room Occupancy Model of a Century Ago

A New York Times feature details the re-emergence of the single room occupancy (SRO) unit in the New York rental market. Despite a stigma and an old-fashioned quality, the SRO is becoming a badly needed housing solution.

May 23, 2017 - The New York Times

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