Mortgages Insurance for Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Projects


The Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Program provides mortgage insurance for multifamily properties consisting of single-room units. There are no Federal rent subsidies involved with this SRO Program. It is aimed at those tenants who have a source of income but are priced out of the rental apartment market. SRO projects will generally require assistance from local governing bodies or charitable organizations in order to reduce the rents to affordable levels.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office: Office of Housing-Federal Housing Commissioner
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Not Applicable.
National Housing Act, Section 221(d), 12 U.S.C. 1751(d); Section 223(g), 12 U.S.C. 1715 (g).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants may be nonprofit entities; builder/sellers teamed with a nonprofit purchaser, a limited distribution entity, profit-motivated entities or public entities. Cooperative lenders or investors are not eligible.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Residents are subject to normal tenant selection procedures. There are no income limits for admission.
Along with the Application for Mortgage Insurance, the applicant must provide a market profile demonstrating a clear need for the proposed SRO, experience profiles as to SRO operation, a certification from the local government assuring support of the project, and a relocation plan if needed. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact assessment is required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. The sponsor submits an application for a SAMA or feasibility application to the local HUD office for review. Following HUD's issuance of a SAMA or feasibility letter, the sponsor submits a firm commitment application through a HUD-approved mortgagee to the local HUD Multifamily Hub and Program Center for processing.
Award Procedure
The project is reviewed to determine its feasibility. If the project meets program requirements, the HUD Multifamily Hub or Program Center issues a commitment to insure the mortgage.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Processing time depends upon the degree of preparation by the sponsor and the workload of the HUD Multifamily Hub or Program Center.
If an application for mortgage insurance is denied, HUD will state the reasons for the denial. If reapplication is desired, the applicant may reapply subject to concurrence of the lender.
The term of a commitment to insure may be extended when more time is required to close the loan.
How are proposals selected?
Not Applicable.
How may assistance be used?
The SRO Program insures lenders against loss on mortgages used to finance construction or substantial rehabilitation of projects consisting of five or more units comprised primarily of one room residential units. Projects must be designed primarily for residential use. Any commercial activity must be compatible with the use of the project and primarily for the benefit of the residents. Commercial space is limited to 10 percent of the total gross floor area (20 percent in substantial rehabilitation projects), and 15 percent of gross rental income in a project. Contractors for new construction and substantial rehabilitation projects must comply with prevailing wage requirements under the Davis-Bacon Act.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
No reports are required.
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. The Department of Housing and Urban Development reserves the right to audit the accounts of either the mortgagee or mortgagor to determine their compliance and conformance with HUD regulations and standards.
Mortgagees are required to service and maintain records in accordance with acceptable mortgage practices of prudent lending institutions and HUD regulations.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory Formula: Title 24 CFR, Part 221.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The maximum mortgage term is 40 years, or not in excess of three-fourths of the remaining economic life, whichever is less. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Over the life of the mortgage.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Persons are encouraged to communicate with the nearest local HUD Multifamily Hub and Program Center listed in or the nearestHUD Office listed in the Catalog Address Appendix IV.
Headquarters Office
Carmelita James 451 Seventh Street SW, washington, District of Columbia 20410 Email: Phone: (202) 402-2579
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Guaranteed/Insured Loans) FY 11 $0; FY 12 est $0; and FY 13 est $0 - Reported under 14.135.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
24 CFR 221.565; HUD Handbook 4560.3, Mortgage Insurance for Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Projects available on
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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