PORTABILITY – General Facts

Housing Choice Vouchers are accepted by cities across the country, giving families real choice about where they live. In the Housing Choice Voucher Program the rental assistance is “portable,” which means, it “moves” with you.

Portability allows you to move with continued assistance to any housing authority in the country that has a Housing Choice voucher program.

Important Portability Facts

  • Each housing authority has its own rules, regulations and deadlines that you must follow.
  • Fair Market Rent limits or payment standards may be different.
  • The utility allowance may be different and may affect the rent amount you pay.
  • Subsidy standards may be different.
  • The new housing authority will issue you a different voucher, which may change the size (number of bedrooms).
  • When you move the new housing authority will re-verify your income.
  • When you transfer to another Housing Authority they may re-verify your household income, family composition and require a recent criminal background check.
  • If you are new to the Housing Choice Voucher Program and have not previously received rental assistance, your income must meet the Income Eligibility Limits of the area where you are transferring.


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  1. Rainleegen and nelson rosen, seem to have a “you people are lazy” disposition. They seem to have a “shut up and take what is given you, because you are not “entitled” ” republican positioning their posts. Here is the thing…We are living in a country where the Very very very very rich corporations are asking themselves, “How can we pay the very least possible, with the fewest hours so as to not pay healthcare to full timers…cheapen what we are paying the chinese to make our product, and get that worker to do the previous work done by two because I dont want to hire”. Couple that with “I feel I dont want to hire people of certain races, ages, or with criminal backgrounds regardless of when it was done, because I got some kinda hang up”…and we have a country that never wants to hire, not worried about selling more product, but interested in making cheaper products and steal all the profits, with total disregard into placing money into the workers, yet willing to spend a cool million on a single superbowl commercial.
    You cant complain about people’s use of varies services when you are not pushing to either make it EXTREMELY easy to start businesses, or you are not assuring Employment discrimination is EXTREMELY HARD to perpetrate. Right now, its EXTREMELY HARD to prove Discrimination with the EEOC because they openly state that they cant take every case due to budgets, And lawyers will never take the cases even if you have proof, because they know the corporations have money to run up a bill that YOU wont be able to counter with to pay YOUR lawyer. So you better have a class action where they can get a lot of money and you get nothing.

    NO ONE HERE would pick sec 8 over having a well paying place of employment. NO ONE likes working for low pay. But there are actually assistance programs that demand that you are NOT in college!

    So ….stop talking like people are acting like “entitlement kings”, unless YOUR JOB is willing to hire that person EQUALLY, regardless of age, color, or sex, AND are offering a pay that can actually pay a rent. But if youre talking crazy to all these people, yet when you look around at your place of employment and see your Job that required NO college education, has predominately a white population, yet youre in a location that has minorities all over the place? YOU have no room to say a singe negative word to ANYONE on ANY assistance program, because youre part of the problem.

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      Wow. Not sure if you realize but I am the owner of this site. How exactly do I have a “you people are lazy” mentality? I created this site to allow for free flowing information to help those interested in section 8 housing.

      What have YOU done? Exactly.

  2. How long for a emergency portability transfer

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      No such thing (that I know of)

    • I had emergency portability from PR to Rochester NY the set it up the same day…came to rochester april 9th and april 14 had my house…how cool is that

  3. Melanie Hellwig says:

    I live in Phoenix I’m with section 8 and I’m wanting to transfer to Apache Junction for Pinal County so I can be closer to help my parents however I can’t afford to go any deeper than Apache Junction into Pinal County without having to change over my access my medical providers and everything else since it would be out of Maricopa County. What I’d like to know is what happens if i cant find a place in the area i want and ive allready put in my notice to move out and already started the portabillity packet? I have a little over 2mo before my lease is up where i live now, so should i FIRST find a place before going any further and can Apartment Finders help me with this?

  4. I’m transferring to a different county I had a transfer briefing today in my current county how long does it usually take to get a voucher from the new county I have to be out of my unit 31st of this month

  5. I really need to know would the housing authority let me use the portability option as soon as they approve me for a voucher because the city is very far away from everything i do and Ive been taking care an older lady for the pass 5 yrs and I don’t wanna just move 2 hrs away for a year. What reasoning would be good enough for them to let you port without staying in their jurisdiction for a year?

    • Nelson Rosen says:

      None. You need to wait a minimum of one year. No exceptions that I know of.

    • Nakia gordon says:

      No you have to live in the county at least 2 years before u get to move

    • Well that’s not true because they told me one year, so since you were wrong about that, then maybe I do have some other options as far as porting sooner…

    • Tateanna Ferguson says:

      I don’t want to move from Georgia

    • HUD has changed it’s rules (this year I believe) you no longer have to wait a year to move IF you already have a residing address in the state that you signed up for assistance in. So you should be fine to move as soon as you get your voucher especially if you are only looking to move to a different city, not state.

    • Shakeva dalton says:

      Kay.. Have you had any information on porting sooner??? As I am looking to port sooner too. Please let me know

    • I emailed the Public housing authority directors association and a rep emailed me back saying that if a housing authority require the one year stay in their jurisdiction, they can take into consideration your situation and make a choice to let you use the portability early to their discretion… Its not mandatory. The portability process is sort of a headache asvfar as the paperwork, the wait, cost etc, so they try not to go through with it.

  6. Im from Texas and I inquired about a apartment that’s in Burleson Tx, I’m able to use my voucher in Burleson but the apartment landlord stated that I would have to port my voucher to Tarrant county. The thing is I was told my search packet is for Johnson county. This is my first time with housing assistance and I’m a little confused because the housing authority also said i had to reside in there area for aleast a yr before moving counties or is it those particular apartments and that there so close to Tarrant county thats the jurisdiction that it falls under…….. HELP!!!!!

  7. What’s the worst apartments to move to with a section 8 voucher in Tampa Florida?

  8. I want to move I only been on section 8 a year they said I can not port back to Texas can I what can I do not to loose my section 8 voucher

  9. i live in va and im trying to port sec 8 to nc but can not port to greensboro do anybody know of any cities in nc that will allow me to transfer va section 8

  10. I’m porting from Los Angeles city for a job in Ontario. Do anyone know the quickest way to find a place. I’m not familiar with San Bernardino at all. I’d like to live in Ontario, Fontana or rancho cucamongo.

  11. Shakeva dalton says:

    I’m in (Shelbyville Illinois) I have worked the last 8yrs straight.. I was approved for public housing 4/17/2015 and was told to pick up my section 8 voucher Aug 5 of this year 2015. Since then I been renting an section 8 apartment.. With no job only income is unemployment.. My question is can I port my vochur back to Chicago sooner? I have no help , no real income at all and my main focus is supporting my son.

    • You need to go a talk to your housing worker about your concerns and issues and maybe she/he will take it into consideration and let you move back to Chicago.

  12. Crystal Stewart says:

    Question: I want to move from Ga to MD…is it possible for me to do that since the payment standard here is much lower? I’ve had section 8 here in Ga for 8yrs..andbi originally ported out of NJ. I want to move back closer to my family but not actually move IN to nj…

    • Crystal
      You can move your voucher to Maryland as long as the city you are looking to move in will allow you to port in. As far as the payment standards it will increase according the payment standards for the Maryland.

  13. I got on section 8 last Dec my son is on disability he’s 29 now. They said we was only eligible for one bedroom in Mahalia Co Iowa. I talked to Marion Co we could get 2 be so we ported there. We need to move because landlord was over charging us we had 2 wks to look for another place had no money and cldnt find a place tht didn’t want 25 for applications fees. End up on the day we was to be vacated fond apt ended up being a bug drug place people running in and out all night section 8 says we can’t port back out till Jan 17

  14. christine casrter says:

    Im looking for a one bedroom clean home or apt in colorado springs area. Or at least close to the springs and i have a 5.6lb poodle very good dog 4years old. Iam a clean freak dont have any negative rental reviews. Im from boston,very good tenant.
    978 908 9177

  15. I am from kankakee Il, and I want to move to Minnesota I have had section 8 for about 4 years now, I was told the voucher size for Minnesota has changed and any one can port in with there section 8 I wanted to know how true this was. I am trying to move in May of 2016 if i could get some help with this it would be great.

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