Porting your voucher to another Housing Authority
Have you ever thought about moving out of Central Oregon and wondered "Can I take my voucher with me?" The answer to that question is "Yes" in many cases. Here is how the process works.
First, you will need to inform your Housing Specialist in writing of your intent to move out of Housing Works' jurisdiction (known as "porting out"). Make sure to include what county and state you would be interested in moving to. Housing Works will then contact the new Housing Authority (HA) and find out if they are "absorbing" port-out clients or "billing" port-out clients. If the HA is absorbing, or is billing within Housing Works' policy, then you will be approved to move.
Second, Oregon law requires that you give a 30-day notice to your landlord. Please send Housing Works a copy of this 30-day notice (it can be in any format, just as long as it has the date, your name, and your intention to move written on it). The 30-day notice must be turned in before your paperwork can be transferred to the new HA.
Third, when Housing Works receives your 30-day notice, a voucher will be sent to you in the mail that you will sign, date, and return. This new voucher gives you 60 days past the end of your 30-day notice to find a new place and keep your housing assistance.
Finally, when Housing Works receives your signed voucher, a "port packet" will be sent to your new Housing Authority. At this point, you will be given all of the contact information for your new Housing Authority and will be working with them from that point on.
If you have any questions about this process please let your Housing Specialist know!