Shelter Plus Care Policy Guide: Eligible Structures

With the exception of the SRO component, housing units may be of any type. All units, however, must meet the applicable housing quality standards (HQS).

Housing Quality Standards

For the SRO component, HQS are found in 24 CFR 882.803(b). For all other components, HQS are detailed in 24 CFR 882.109. The HQS set acceptable conditions for interior living space, building exterior, heating and plumbing systems, and general health and safety.

Before any rental assistance may be provided, the grantee, or another qualified entity acting on the grantee's behalf (but not the entity providing the housing), must physically inspect the unit to ensure that the unit meets HQS. Any deficiency found must be corrected within 30 days from the date of the lease, and the grantee must verify that all deficiencies have been corrected.

Grantees or their agents must make physical inspections of all units at least annually to ensure that the units continue to meet HQS.

For the TRA component, the following additional requirements apply:

  • The dwelling units are chosen by the participant with the following possible restrictions specified by the grantee on unit location in order to facilitate service delivery:
  • a particular structure for the first year of assistance and a particular area for the remaining period; or
  • particular area for the entire period of assistance.

Units must be an appropriate size. In most circumstances, the dwelling units will be no larger than a one bedroom unit. If a participant has a family member or caretaker living with him or her, the size of the unit may be larger to accommodate such person(s). Similarly, if two or more participants choose to share a unit, the size of the unit may be larger.

Properties that are currently receiving Federal funding for rental assistance or operating costs under other HUD programs are ineligible.

For the SRA component, the following additional requirements apply:

  • The dwelling units must be owned or leased by the nonprofit sponsor.
  • Properties that are currently receiving Federal funding for rental assistance or operating costs under other HUD programs are ineligible.

For the PRA component, the following additional requirements apply:

  • The dwelling units must be available for the full term of assistance.
  • Properties that are currently receiving Federal funding for rental assistance or operating costs under other HUD programs are ineligible.

For properties that will be rehabilitated and receive 10 years of assistance, the rehabilitation of the property must:

  • equal at least $3,000 per unit, including the prorated share of rehabilitated common areas;
  • be necessary in order to make the unit decent, safe and sanitary;
  • be funded from other sources; and
  • be completed within 12 months of grant award.

For the SRO component, the following additional requirements apply:

The structure may be of any type, but when the rehabilitation is completed, must meet the definition of SRO housing. SRO housing is a residential property that includes multiple single room dwelling units. Each unit is for occupancy by a single eligible individual. The unit need not, but may, contain food preparation or sanitary facilities, or both.

Efficiency units are also eligible, but the contract rent charged for these units may not exceed the Moderate Rehabilitation SRO fair market rent, minus (where applicable) the allowance for any tenant-paid utilities.

Each assisted unit must be in need of moderate rehabilitation equal to at least $3,000 per unit, including the prorated share of rehabilitated common areas, to meet housing quality standards.

Ineligible properties include: (a) units that are receiving Federal funding for rental assistance or operating costs under other HUD programs; (b) nursing homes;(c) penal, reformatory, medical, or mental health institutions; (d) owner- occupied units; and (e) housing located in the Coastal Barrier Resource system designated under the Coastal Barriers Resource Act.

Applicants may apply for assistance under any or all of the four components.