Section 8 Voucher Transfer

While living in section 8 housing you may find that you need to make a move. Continue reading to learn about what a section 8 voucher transfer will include.

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What is Section 8?

The Congress established Section 8 of the Housing and Community Development Act in 1974. It is a form of government assistance- specifically in assistance for housing. The main purpose is to provide suitable living to those who do not make an efficient income.

For someone to receive government assistance, one must apply for a section 8 voucher. More information on the application process later, though.

the section 8 voucher transfer

If a person does get approved, the government provides the money straight to the landlord. Sometimes this only covers a certain percentage. Sometimes the voucher covers the entirety of the rent.

Not all housing is included under this act. There is housing that is specifically made for section 8. Housing can be both apartments or single family homes.

Let’s take a closer look at what is exactly involved in the application process.

Application Process

You must begin by finding your local Public Housing Agency. This is your best place to start. You can find this information on the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development website. Simply enter your zip code and you will be find your local PHA.


Once you have found your local Public Housing Agency, you must determine if you are eligible for a Section 8 voucher. There are four main factors that the Public Housing Agency will consider:

  • The size of one’s family
  • The total gross income of the household
  • Citizenship status. In regard to citizenship status, undocumented immigrants will not be eligible for assistance.
  • Any history of a past eviction. If you have been evicted from government assistance housing for any drug-related criminal activity you are ineligible for assistance for at least 3 years after the eviction.

If you are eligible, you can begin the application process!


Once you have found out that you are eligible, you can begin the actual application.

The application for a voucher is completely free! Depending on your local Public Housing Agency, the application will be available to you online or by mail. You may have to go to your local PHA office in order to fill out an application.

When filling out the application it is crucial to do it properly to avoid any possible mishaps. You may want to seek guidance to ensure you have filled everything in correctly.

the section 8 voucher transfer guide

The application will ask for some information not only from you but the other members in the household. For instance, the name, birthday, Social Security Number, and gross income of all those applicable will be important.

In addition to the basic information, there will be various other questions. Your housing history and criminal history will need to be listed.

Again, before making your submission, double check the application. Everything must be correct to avoid any delay or mistaken denial.

Rejected or Selected

After you have submitted your application it is reviewed by the housing agency. This will typically take up to 60 days. Every situation varies, though. As a result- the time period will vary. For instance, it may be extended if there is any information that needs a further explanation or investigation.

If your application is approved, you will then be put on a wait list. You must confirm your place on the waiting list for housing. Unfortunately, just because you are on the waiting list does not mean you will be placed in housing quickly. Later on, we will go into further explanation regarding this matter.

If you are rejected it could be due to a few different reasons. One reason your application may be rejected could be because of high demand. Regardless of why, the agency must make the applicant aware of the reasoning for the denial.

The PHA must also notify you that you have the right to an informal hearing or review if denied.


You may not receive your voucher immediately after being approved.

Once the living arrangements have been secured, the government will pay the voucher directly to the landlord.

You must find landlords that accept a Section 8 voucher for rent. Typically the government will only cover a percentage of the rent and you will have to cover the rest of the payment.

Voucher Transfer

If you have to move, your section 8 voucher can transfer with you. This is true whether you are moving down the block or to a new city. Though it is possible, it is not the easiest option.

There are a few steps one must take before the voucher can transfer. Doing these things in a timely manner is crucial to avoid being left without a roof over your head!

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Dispensing on your housing authority the steps may vary but they will be pretty straight forward.

Let’s go over the steps to take when “porting”. This is the term used when a voucher is transferring from one city to another.

First Step

The first step is to contact your housing authority. You must contact them to request documents for your voucher to be portable.

The sooner you make this step the better. This will help to make all of the following steps go smoothly.

You will receive a transfer packet once you are approved. Once you have been approved by your housing authority, you must then notify your landlord.

Next Step

You can choose to give a 30 or a 60 day notice. There will be specific information inside of your transfer packet for your landlord. Your landlord must sign and date any paperwork that is related to them. It is best to obtain copies for your records.

If you owe any money for rent your landlord will not be able to sign any documents for you. You must pay all balances in full to transfer your voucher.

Last Step

Once you have gotten all of your documents signed by your landlord, you can return the packet to your initial housing authority.

Your initial housing authority will send over all important documents to your next destination.


Receiving a section 8 voucher can be extremely helpful. This is especially true for those who are trying to get back on their feet.

While living in section 8 housing you may find that you need to make a move. Whether it be for your job or other reasons.  Luckily, vouchers can transfer from city to city.

It is important to follow all steps of process to ensure that you aren’t left without a roof over your head.

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