A variety of low-income housing solutions, including boarding houses, are listed at Shelterlistings.org. This site features a database of low-cost shelter options such as day and emergency home shelters, transitional halfway housing and long-term permanent housing. Low-income boarding houses are not available in many communities in the United States due to state and local regulatory laws.
Traditional boarding houses are located in converted family residences or a large buildings converted into single room occupancy hotels capable of housing numerous people. Typically, boarders rent a single bedroom and share bathrooms, kitchen, living room and dining areas with other boarders. Finding a local boarding house requires scouring rental listings online and locally. Most single-room occupancy, or SRO, buildings are found in urban areas because laws restricted their growth into suburban areas. It is possible to find single rooms for rent advertised by private homeowners who rent one or more rooms in a single family home, however, rental costs are often at market rate.
Strict building codes for rental spaces are a major reason most low cost boarding houses closed after operating for decades. Many city codes require rental rooms to be of a certain size, and boarding homes must have a certain number of bathrooms and parking spaces. Updated boarding houses that meet current building code standards are available in some cities.