The term Rooming House covers a wide range of housing types provided by Community Housing Organisations who manage properties using the rooming house provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act (RTA).
There are three broad features used to categorise the diverse range of rooming house accommodation CHOs provide:
- Rooming house rooms with shared facilities
- Rooming house rooms with self-contained facilities (kitchen and bathroom), which are also known as bed-sits
- Rooming house rooms with support attached; with or without self-contained facilities.
Rooming houses serve an important role in housing singles in the social housing system.
Many rooming houses are now being renovated so that the rooms become self-contained with their own kitchenette and bathroom.
These properties function to house the most marginalised individuals who have often been sleeping rough and are making the first step in adjusting to stable housing.
Within the spectrum of community housing properties, it is rooming houses that directly deal with chronic homelessness and look to assist often single people in adjusting to more stable living. These individuals will rent a bedroom and share common facilities.
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