Portability

Form HUD-52665 updated. Technical correction to the instruction in Part II-B, line 10.b: reference to Part I, line 10 has been replaced with reference to Part I, line 11.

Portability Mailbox: please note that the portability mailbox (portability@hud.gov) is no longer operational. Portability questions can be directed to the local HUD PIH Field Office.

Overview

"Portability" in the HCV program refers to the process through which the family can transfer or "port" their rental subsidy when they move to a location outside the jurisdiction of the public housing agency (PHA) that first gave them the voucher when they were selected for the program.

New families may not be able to port immediately; they may have to live in the jurisdiction of the initial PHA for a year before they can port.  Initial PHAs may allow moves during this one-year period.

  • Initial PHAs -The PHA that first gave the voucher to the individual when they were selected for the program.
  • Receiving PHAs- The agency that will administer assistance in the area to which the individual moves.

Funding

  • CY 2016 Administrative Fee Description: this document discusses administrative fee proration for portability billing purposes at the end.
     
  • CY2016 Set-Aside Information: more information about the CY2016 Set-Aside can be found under the “What’s New” section of the Financial Management Division webpage.

Related Notices, Regulations, and Other Information

Portability Regulations: found at 24 CFR 982.353-355. On August 20, 2015, HUD published the final portability rule “Public Housing and Section 8 Programs: Housing Choice Voucher Program: Streamlining the Portability Process.” The rule revised portability regulations and provisions relating to family briefings (24 CFR 982.301) and suspension of the term of the voucher (24 CFR 982.303).  Technical changes were also made to other sections of Part 982.

Notices and Other Guidance

Portability Forms

  • Form HUD-52665: the portability form was recently updated to conform to the provisions of the final portability rule and to add other clarifying items.

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