SROs in San Francisco
Single Room Occupancy hotels (SROs) or "Residential Hotels," as they are commonly known, are a vital part of San Francisco's housing stock and have been throughout the city's history. Indeed, they have been important in cities across the United States for more than two centuries. A typical SRO is a single 8x10 foot room with shared toilets and showers down the hallway.
Though not the expansive suburban family home of the American ideal, these dwellings have been essential to many important San Francisco social groups. Once know as the "Hotel City" when SROs were the predominant housing type, San Francisco still has hundreds of SRO hotels that are home to more than 30,000 tenants or approximately 5% of the city.