SRO Program Eligibility

The LHA will screen applicants for eligibility.

In order to be eligible for the SRO Program, applicants must meet many criteria including but not limited to:

  • Single person seeking Single Room Occupancy
  • Homeless
  • Income Limits
  • Immigration Status
  • Criminal History


The family must be a single person, who may be an elderly person, displaced person, disabled person, near-elderly person, or any other single person.


One of the requirements to be eligible for this program is that the applicant must be homeless. The applicant must provide proof of homeless via a letter from a shelter, medical provider, agency, or religious entity.

Income Limits

Income limits are published annually by HUD and are generally effective on the date of publication. The family’s income must be within the income limits of LHA’s jurisdiction at time of admission. Income limits only apply at the time of admission and are not a factor in ongoing program eligibility.

1 Person
Extremely Low Income Limits$28,150

Immigration Status

To be eligible for HCVP each member of the family must be a citizen, national, or a non-citizen who has eligible immigration status under one of the categories set forth in Section 214 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1980 (see 42 U.S.C. 1436a(a)).

The family must sign a declaration of their status and provide supporting documentation.

LHA will not provide assistance to a family before the verification of immigration status. Documentation must be submitted by the time of the eligibility determination.

Criminal History

The LHA conducts criminal background checks on all applicants. Criminal Offender Record Information (CORl) checks will only be conducted as authorized by the DCJIS and MGL c. 6, §. 172. All applicants will be notified that a CORl check will be conducted. All CORI obtained from the DCJIS is confidential. Unless otherwise provided by law, a criminal record will not automatically disqualify an applicant. Rather, determinations of suitability based on background checks will be made consistent with LHA policy and any applicable laws or regulations.

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