How is portability handled under the WtW Voucher
WtW voucher families are eligible for portability under the housing
choice voucher program portability regulations at 24 CFR Part 982.353.
WtW PHAs, however, have some ability to limit a family's portability
if the following circumstances apply: 1) the move does not support
the objectives of the WtW voucher program; and 2) the PHA has established
and has properly implemented WtW family obligations that would prohibit
such a move.
If a family requests a portability move that would be in violation
of the PHA's local WtW voucher program family obligations, the PHA
may deny the family's portability request. The WtW voucher program
family obligations must be in writing and the PHA must have provided
the family with the required written and oral briefings on these
obligations as provided in 24 CFR 982.301. The ability of a PHA
to deny or limit portability in connection with WtW voucher family
obligations applies to all WtW voucher families, including resident
applicant voucher holders that have not yet entered into an initial
lease but are eligible for portability under 24 CFR Part 982.353.
Can a PHA that does not have WtW voucher family
obligations related to portability, or has not properly implemented
such obligations, deny a portability move that would be eligible
under the housing choice voucher program portability regulations
at 24 CFR 982.353?
No. If a PHA has not established WtW voucher family obligations
related to portibility, or has not properly implemented such obligations,
the PHA must approve a WtW voucher family's portability request
if the family is eligible for portability under the housing choice
voucher program regulations at 24 CFR 982.353.
A PHA can, of course, prohibit a move that can be denied under
regular housing choice voucher program portability regulations.
For example, under the portability regulations, a PHA can prevent
a non-resident applicant from porting until the family has received
assistance in the PHA's jurisdiction for a period of 12 months.
In addition, under the regulations at 24 CFR 982.314, a PHA can
also prevent a participant family from moving, either in general
or under the portability procedures, during the initial lease term
(which might be longer or shorter than one year depending on the
What happens when a WtW voucher family ports
into a jurisdiction that does not have a WtW voucher program? Does
the family remain a WtW voucher program family?
The answer depends on whether the receiving PHA enters into a billing
arrangement with the initial/WtW PHA or absorbs the family.
In a portability billing arrangement, the family may continue participation
in the initial PHA's WtW voucher program after the move, or the
initial PHA may consider the family's participation in the WtW voucher
program completed. In some cases, the WtW PHA may have WtW voucher
family obligations that require the family to continue in the WtW
voucher program as a condition of portability. If the initial PHA
considers the family's participation in the WtW voucher program
to be complete upon porting, the family moves as a regular voucher
program participant, and the initial/WtW PHA must issue the "turnover"
WtW voucher to another WtW eligible family from its waiting list.
If the receiving PHA absorbs the portable family into its regular
housing choice voucher program, the family's participation in the
initial PHA's WtW voucher program ends, and the initial PHA must
issue the "turnover" voucher to another WtW voucher program
Does a WtW PHA have to allow a family to continue
in its WtW voucher program when the family moves to the jurisdiction
of another PHA?
No. In a portability billing arrangement, the initial PHA may permit
the family to continue in its WtW voucher program but is under no
obligation to do so. If it does not permit the family to continue
in its WtW voucher program, the initial PHA will have to reissue
the WtW voucher to another WtW eligible family.
If the receiving PHA absorbs the family into its regular housing
choice voucher program, the initial PHA will not have the option
of permitting the family to continue in its WtW voucher program
and must issue the turnover WtW voucher to a new family from its
If a WtW voucher family ports into a jurisdiction
that has a WtW voucher program, can the receiving PHA assist the
family with one of its own WtW vouchers?
Yes, if the receiving PHA absorbs the family.
Does the initial PHA receive credit for leasing
up when a WtW voucher family ports to another jurisdiction?
If the receiving PHA enters into a billing arrangement with the
initial PHA and the initial PHA allows the family to continue as
a participant in its WtW voucher program, the family will be counted
as a lease up in the initial PHA's WtW voucher program. If the receiving
PHA absorbs the family, the initial PHA does not receive credit
for leasing up.
Note: HUD designed the new 50058 Module of the PIH Information
Center (PIC) to allow for separate submissions of a family's form
HUD-50058 and form HUD-50058 FSS/WtW addendum, but this design feature
is not yet operational. Once operational, this design feature will
allow the initial PHA to submit an FSS/WtW addendum for the WtW
family and, if the form is completed properly, PIC will be able
to identify the family as a participant in the initial PHA's WtW
voucher program. The new FSS/WtW addendum asks for the PHA number
of the PHA that issued the WtW voucher to the family and the PHA
number of the PHA that counts the family in its WtW voucher program.
Until this design feature is operational, however, the initial PHA
should keep careful records of WtW families that port under a billing
arrangement, including hard copies of their FSS/WtW addenda.
When a WtW voucher family moves under portability,
which PHA is responsible for case management, supportive service
delivery, and tracking and monitoring the WtW family's progress?
How does distance (city-to-city versus county-to-county versus state-to-state)
affect the PHA's responsibility for the above?
The PHA that counts the family in its WtW voucher program is responsible
for assuring that the family is meeting the requirements of the
WtW voucher program, whether the responsible PHA provides needed
monitoring and services directly or through an agreement with a
service provider or another PHA. For example, in a billing arrangement
where the family continues as a participant in the WtW voucher program
of the initial PHA, the initial PHA is responsible. If the WtW voucher
family moves to a jurisdiction that also operates a WtW voucher
program, the receiving PHA is responsible if it absorbs the family
into its WtW voucher program.
Since the need for case management and other services will vary
from family to family, distance will not be the only consideration
in whether a PHA can continue to monitor a family that has moved
out of the local area. If a family needs extensive case management,
the initial PHA may decide that the best approach is to deny the
family's request for a portability move at that time, if the PHA's
WtW family obligations permit them to deny the move. An already
employed family that moves to be closer to employment, however,
may have little need for services or case management, and the PHA
may be able to easily monitor the family from a distance. Alternatively,
the PHA may decide to consider the family a WtW voucher program
success and graduate the family from the WtW voucher program. In
this case, the PHA would allow the family to move without further
WtW voucher program obligations by issuing them a regular housing
choice voucher. The PHA would then issue the turnover WtW voucher
to the next WtW voucher eligible family from its waiting list.
If a family ports into a jurisdiction that does
not have a WtW voucher program, will the receiving PHA be required
to complete the WtW 50058 addendum?
No. Although the receiving PHA will complete the basic HUD-50058
for the family, the receiving PHA will not be required to complete
the HUD-50058 WtW/FSS addendum if the family is still a participant
in the WtW voucher program of the initial PHA. Changes to PIC will
allow the initial PHA to submit the FSS/WtW addendum for a family
that continues in the WtW voucher program of the initial PHA. Until
that change has been implemented in PIC, the initial PHA should
keep careful records of such families including hard copies of their
FSS/WtW addenda. See also answer to Question 6.
Can PHAs prevent families from porting for a
specified period of time, i.e. the first year of assistance?
A PHA cannot require a family to live in its jurisdiction for a
specified period of time as a condition of receiving a WtW voucher.
A PHA can deny a family's portability request at any time, however,
if the move is in violation of either housing choice voucher program
portability regulations or properly implemented WtW voucher program
family obligations. While it may be appropriate for a PHA to require
a family to remain in its jurisdiction for job training or services,
it would most likely be inappropriate to prevent a family that is
working or has a job offer in another jurisdiction from moving closer
to employment, transportation, childcare, etc.
How do portability requirements apply to Tribally
Designated Housing Entities (TDHEs)?
In administering the WtW voucher program, TDHEs must follow the
regulations for the housing choice voucher program at 24 CFR Part
982, including those regulations governing portability.
How will HUD keep track of a family that moves
under portability, when the family continues to participate in the
WtW program of the initial PHA?
HUD intends to keep track of WtW voucher families through its PIC
system using the new HUD-50058 and the 50058 FSS/WtW addendum. Until
the changes are made that will allow the initial PHA to submit and
be credited for the 50058 FSS/WtW addendum, PHAs should establish
a system that will enable them to identify and access the HUD-50058
and FSS/WtW addendum, for each family that has moved under portability
but continues as to participate in the initial PHA's WtW voucher
program. See also answer to Question 9.6.
How are WtW families reported in PIC in a portability
Detailed instructions will be provided at a later date.