One of the coolest things about Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers is you can move around with them. They go where you go!
If you are considering moving to a new area, first you will want to contact your current housing authority and see what their rules are and if they will allow you to move to a new area. This is called porting. How to Port
Then you may want to contact the Housing Authority where you want to move and find out a little more before making any decisions. The rules vary a lot from one to the next, and this can have a big impact on your life!
Delphinium is one of our writers, and a Section 8 wizard! These are the questions she prepared when looking into moving:
Questions for Housing Authorities
🌷 How can I get a copy of your policy on number of bedrooms? (Or let them know the ages and gender of each family member and ask how many bedrooms you will be eligible for in their area)
🌷 What is your payment standard? What amount would my voucher be? Are your payment standard charts online? Or how can I get a copy?
🌷 Where can I find a copy of your policy on adding people to vouchers? (Or… Am I able to add someone to my voucher at a later time? Who can be added?)
🌷 Are your utility allowance charts online? Or how can I get a copy?
🌷Do you have landlords or agencies you can recommend?
🌷Do you have a homeownership program?
If You Are Porting
If you already have a housing voucher, you may be able to keep it when you move to a new area. This is called “Porting.”
🌷Are you accepting port ins?
🌷Are you billing or absorbing?
🌷Am I able to add someone to my voucher after I port in?
🌷How long does it take to get a port in briefing / get my voucher once you receive my paperwork?
🌷 Will I be able to keep my current voucher size?
🌷 Could there be an issue with anyone currently on my voucher that would prevent me from porting to your Housing Authority? (For example: If someone has a criminal background record or if household members are not legally married)
🌷 Is there anything else about porting into your county that I should know that I haven’t asked?
Ask about any topic that is important to you. Here’s some examples of policies that can change a lot from one Housing Authority to the next:
- Number of nights per year overnight guests are allowed
- Who can be added to a Voucher
- Definition of “family” or “household”
- How Special Needs Trusts are handled
- How ABLE Accounts are handled
- Criminal Background Checks
- What counts as a medical expense
Sometimes porting is good. Sometimes not. Before porting take a look here: Twelve Reasons NOT to Port Your Housing Voucher
Thanks for Reading
🌷 This page is part of the free online guide: The Sleepy Girl Affordable Housing Survival Guide
🌷 Page Updated: 8/1/19
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