What Is Portability?
Portability is the ability of a family to move from a PHA’S (Public Housing Authority’s) jurisdiction to a location in another housing authority’s jurisdiction.
Who is eligible for portability?
Are there any restrictions on eligibility?
Example: You live in the City of Madison when you applied for assistance, you received a Voucher from the County Housing Authority; you must initially use the Voucher in the county’s jurisdiction. You may transfer your Section 8 Voucher after you have lived in the county’s jurisdiction for 12 months.
Where can I transfer my Section 8 Voucher?
However, if you choose to move to an area where there is no housing agency to administer your Section 8 Voucher the housing authority can deny you portability to that area.
What you should do if you choose to move under the portability provision:
The Housing Authority will counsel the family on the proper procedures for terminating the current lease and any other necessary requirements such as paying any monies owed the Housing Authority.
The Housing Authority (DCHA) will find out whether or not there is a housing authority operating a Section 8 program in the area the family wants to move.
If there is a housing authority operating in the area the family wants to move, DCHA will contact that housing authority to determine whether or not it will issue their own Voucher or administer on behalf of DCHA.
DCHA will send necessary documents to the receiving housing authority and notify the client of whom they should contact at the receiving housing authority.
Will the programs work the same if I transfer under the portability provision?
You must meet the income guidelines for the area in which you want to transfer your Section 8 Voucher.
What are the advantages of moving under the portability provision?
If you live in a high poverty area, portability enables you to get away from those areas. Better living conditions usually means lower crime rates, better public services, better schools, and better shopping areas.
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