MOVES AND PORTABILITY

SAHA allows families to move to a new unit with continued assistance for the following reasons:

  • The owner has violated the lease and the family gives written notice to the owner to terminate the lease; The family must also give SAHA a copy of the notice at the same time;
  • The family is moving in order to protect the health or safety of an individual who has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and who reasonably believes he or she is threatened by further violence if he or she remains in the assisted unit;
  • The lease has been terminated by mutual agreement between the owner and the family; the family must give SAHA a copy of the termination agreement signed by both parties. If the owner has given the family a notice to vacate and has commenced an action to evict the family, the family must give SAHA a copy of any owner eviction notice;
  • SAHA has terminated the lease because the owner has violated the lease; and
  • SAHA determines that the family’s current unit does not meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS) because of an increase in family size or a change in family composition.

SAHA may deny a family permission to move if SAHA does not have sufficient funding for continued assistance (only if the family has initiated the move, not SAHA or the owner) or if SAHA has grounds for denying or terminating the family’s assistance.

SAHA will deny a family permission to make more than one move during any 12-month period except to protect the health or safety of a family member, to accommodate a change in family circumstances, or to address an emergency situation.

Moving Process

  1. Notification: The family must notify SAHA and the owner before moving out of the unit or terminating the lease.
  2. Approval: SAHA will determine whether the move is approvable in accordance with the above policies. SAHA will notify the family in writing of its determination within 10 business days.
  3. Reexamination: SAHA will perform a reexamination of family income and composition.
  4. Voucher Issuance and Briefing: SAHA will issue a new voucher within 10 business days of SAHA’s written approval to move. The families are required to attend a briefing. If the family does not locate a new unit within the term of the voucher and any approved extensions, the family may remain in its current unit with continued voucher assistance if the owner agrees and SAHA approves. Otherwise, the family will lose its assistance.

Portability

 A family may move to another unit outside of SAHA’s jurisdiction, as long as there is at least one Public Housing Authority (PHA) administering a voucher program in the area.

SAHA may deny a family permission to move if SAHA does not have sufficient funding for continued assistance or if SAHA has grounds for denying or terminating the family’s assistance. In addition, SAHA may deny a family permission to move during the first 12 months after being admitted into the program or if a family has moved out of its unit in violation of the lease (except for families who have moved to protect the health or safety of an individual who is or has been a victim of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking and who reasonably believed he or she was threatened by further violence if he or she remained in the unit).

Porting Out of SAHA's Jurisdiction 

The Portability Request Form is availble on the Forms and Packets page located here

When a family moves from SAHA’s area to another PHA’s area, SAHA serves as the initial PHA, while the other PHA serves as the receiving PHA. As the initial PHA, SAHA takes the following steps:

  1. Applicant families must be income eligible for the receiving PHA’s area. The income eligibility for participant families does not need to be re-determined.
  2. For participant families, SAHA will conduct a reexamination of family income and composition only if the family’s annual reexamination must be completed on or before the initial billing deadline specified on the Family Portability Information form.
  3. SAHA will provide the contact information for the receiving PHA and advise the family that they will be under the receiving PHA’s policies and procedures.
  4. SAHA will issue a new voucher within 10 business days of SAHA’s written approval to move. The initial term of the voucher will be 60 days. SAHA will not approve an extension for a voucher unless the initial term of the voucher will expire before the receiving PHA issues a voucher to the family, the family decides to return to SAHA’s jurisdiction, or the family decides to search for a unit in a different PHA’s jurisdiction.
  5. SAHA will contact the receiving PHA and send the family’s documentation to the receiving PHA.
  6. SAHA will make monthly assistance payments to the receiving PHA.
    • SAHA may deny a family permission to move within the receiving PHA’s jurisdiction if SAHA lacks sufficient funding, unless the move is a reasonable accommodation for a family member with disabilities. SAHA is responsible for issuing the family a voucher if they decide to move outside the receiving PHA’s jurisdiction.
    • SAHA may act on the grounds for denying or terminating assistance for any portable family.


Porting In to SAHA's Jurisdiction 

The Family Portability Information form is availble on the Forms and Packets page located here

When a family moves from another PHA’s area to SAHA’s area, SAHA serves as the receiving PHA, while the other PHA serves as the initial PHA. As the receiving PHA, SAHA takes the following steps:

  1. The family’s unit size is determined using SAHA’s assistance standards. The family’s housing assistance payment is determined in the same manner as for other families in SAHA’s voucher program.
  2. SAHA will notify the initial PHA within 10 business days after the portable family requests assistance whether it intends to bill the initial PHA on behalf of the portable family or absorb the family into its own program.
  3. SAHA will require the family to attend a briefing and will provide the family with a briefing packet.
  4. SAHA will conduct a new reexamination of the family for family income and composition.
  5. SAHA will issue the family a voucher that expires on the same date as the initial PHA’s voucher. SAHA will consider a voucher extension as a reasonable accommodation.
  6. SAHA will notify the initial PHA if the family has leased an eligible unit or if the family fails to submit a request for tenancy approval.
  7. SAHA must send its initial billing notice to the initial PHA no later than 10 business days after executing a HAP contract on behalf of the family.
  8. SAHA must send the initial PHA a copy of a portable family’s updated Family Portability Information form after each annual reexamination. SAHA must also notify the initial PHA of any change in the billing amount for a family due to a change in the HAP amount, an abatement of HAP payments, termination of the HAP contract, payment of a damage/vacancy loss claim for the family, and/or termination of the family from the program.
    • If a family decides not to lease in SAHA's jurisdiction, SAHA must refer the family back to the initial PHA. 
    • SAHA may deny or terminate assistance to a portable family and must notify the initial PHA within 10 business days if the denial or termination is upheld after the informal review/hearing.

For more information on Portability, please call (210) 477-6262, or e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.