LA HMIS Resource Guide

Rooming/Boarding Houses

Code: BH-7000.4600-650

A low-cost housing option, usually but not necessarily short-term, that offers individual or shared rooms for men or women and may include communal meals. Residents rent bedrooms (rather than self-contained units) and have the use of common facilities such as bathrooms, lounges, kitchens, dining areas and laundry facilities. Boarding houses generally provide at least one meal for tenants whereas rooming houses do not. Also included are hotels and motels that have very low weekly or monthly rates that are geared to meet the needs of homeless individuals who are not able to find emergency or transitional housing and have some money.

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