SRHAC serves as the
leading City-wide agency in Chicago promoting the preservation of
the Single-Room Occupancy (SRO) as a vitally needed low-income
Working closely with
City Departments and with the Single Room Operators Association,
SRHAC operates supportive housing and housing referral programs that
serve a dual purpose: These programs (1) secure housing for
individuals threatened with homelessness, and (2) provide a stable
resident population for SRO facilities in Chicago.
Many SRO buildings were
originally residential hotels, or short-term housing facilities for
travelers, railroad workers, construction crews, immigrants, and
many other populations. During the decades of the 1960's and 1970's,
many of these facilities were either razed for new construction, or
were redeveloped for upscale condominiums and other uses.
By the early 1980's,
many concerned parties realized that a very important low-income
housing resource was being lost and that many residents were being
displaced without available housing options for them.
SRHAC began its work in
1995, in partnership with Chicago's Department of Housing to
develop an SRO Outreach program to help stem these losses, and to
secure housing options for low-income residents who were displaced
or otherwise threatened with homeless.
This SRO Outreach
program, along with several other SRHAC intervention initiatives,
has enjoyed a great measure of success, and has provided assistance
to dozens of SRO facilities with resident placements, service
provider linkages, special renovation programs and with other
services. SRHAC provides a strong platform for SRO support through
its work with City Departments, Chicago's Aldermen and City Council,
and agencies throughout the City.
We applaud the City and
all parties involved in the campaign to maintain and preserve the
SRO, and encourage citizens, media outlets, and governmental leader
to become "SRO Aware"!