Section 8 program: transfer from one city to another

Are you a Section 8 Program tenant planning to move to another city and avail the same Section Housing 8 facilities that you have in your present city? You better move fast because the entire process may take more than a month and you may find yourself without a roof over your head in case you don’t take timely action.
The process of the transfer of your Section 8 Program Voucher from one city to another – that is also sometimes termed as porting your voucher – may involve the following steps with little variations depending upon where you are currently and where you’re going to be after you have gotten your Section 8 Program Voucher transferred:

  1. First of all you need to contact your current Section 8 Housing representatives or the Initial Housing Authority to let them know that you are planning to move to another city and want the same Section 8 facilities there too. They will most probably ask you to sign a request for portability document and then issue you a housing choice voucher.
  2. Then your Initial Housing Authority or your Section 8 Housing representatives will have to mail all the associated documents to the housing society of the city you are planning to move to. These documents must include the HUD-52665 and the HUD-50058, birth certificates of all your family members, along with the Social Security numbers and cards, other photo identity proofs, and the proof of your total household income. You will need to make sure that all the documents reach the destination before you arrive there. Please keep in mind that it may take anywhere between 20-35 days for your documents to go through proper processing.
  3. Once you have arrived please call the housing office to confirm that your portability packet has arrived. They will instruct you to be present in their office along with your family members. When you appear for the interview you will be given a housing choice voucher that may help you decide where you would like to rent a place for your family.
  4. After you have chosen the house you will need to notify the housing department along with the attached documents so that the house can be inspected for a minimum health and security standards.
  5. Once the house has been cleared by the Housing authority only then you sign the lease agreement.
  6. As mentioned the entire procedure of getting your section 8 program voucher transferred from one city to another may take more than 30 days you will need to start with a proper plan of action.

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  1. I have a compelling positution charge got the case in 2007 will this keep me from getting my section8

  2. im thinking about porting from NYC to Voulsia County Florida this summer, this is my first time porting. Once you get notified about your interview date in the new city, is that when you pack all your stuff and move out? then once you have your interview date youre waiting for a breifing date to get your voucher, so technically you’ll be homeless while your trying to find a new apt in the new state? do they offer you any assistance in temp shelter while youre tring to get a new apt or are you suppose to find yourown? any information would be helpful as I dont know how this works

    • They dont assist you with a damn thing so yes basically you have to find your own way which defeats the purpose of being on the program from the start because if i can afford to put a room over my children head then i wouldn’t need the voucher at all so its a major headache…ive ported from nc to mia…mia to Orlando and now orlando to ga so its been tough each move but it always works out… Just stay on top of everything and the process isnt overnight like some may think its more like 4-5 month process because they press move like a snail when pressing the button on the mouse to process the paperwork :(

  3. Hi to all.. I’m working on moving from Newark Nj to Jacksonville fl do any body knows how long does jax take to send u your first appointment?

  4. I HAVE A QUESTION I STAY IN DANVILLE IL IN PICKING MY VOCHER UP NEXT WEEK CAN THEY TRANSFER TO CHICAGO IL

  5. I want know if thers away to port from texas to charlotte

  6. Moving in June 2016. Looking for a nice apartment complex in Decatur Georgia near good high school. ANY SUGGESTIONS PLEASE?? Thanks

  7. If i transfer to a different college to a different state can i take my section 8 voucher with me the only thing is i haven’t had my section 8 for a whole year just 8 months

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