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Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy Program

The Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation Single Room Occupancy (SRO) program provides project-based rental assistance for homeless individuals.

Program Guidelines and Instructions

The Department of Housing and Community Development's division of Public Housing and Rental Assistance is responsible for the oversight of all state and federally-aided rental assistance programs that address the needs of low-income families, the elderly and persons with disabilities.

How it works:

Tenants pay no more than 30% of their adjusted income for rent and utilities.

Supportive services are generally required to be made available to the tenants and a project sponsor arranges for the provision of these services. Acceptance of these services, however, is not a tenant eligibility requirement.

DHCD administers five Section 8 Moderate Rehabilitation SRO developments, as follows:

  • Lowell, 8 units targeted to persons living with AIDS/ HIV
  • Worcester, 38 units for homeless individuals
  • Gardner, 15 units targeted to homeless veterans
  • Haverhill, 19 units targeted to homeless veterans
  • Springfield, 44 units targeted to homeless individuals

The monthly rental assistance housing subsidy is administered by DHCD's regional Section 8 contractors.

Who is eligible:

Very low-income homeless individuals who may or may not have supportive service needs.

For further information:

For more information about any of these SRO developments, please contact the Bureau of Federal Rental Assistance at DHCD at (617) 573-1150.

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