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Portability Procedures

As of July 2020

One of the features of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program is the mobility of the assistance. Section 8(r) of The United States Housing Act of 1937 provides that Section 8/housing choice voucher participants may transfer to housing authority anywhere in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands provided the housing authority administering the tenant-based program has jurisdiction over the area where the participant wants to transfer. The term "portability" refers to the process of leasing or purchasing a dwelling unit with housing voucher tenant-based assistance outside of the jurisdiction of the housing authority that initially issues the household its voucher (the Initial Public Housing Agency). Program regulations covering where a household may move and the responsibilities of the Initial Public Housing Agency and the Receiving Public Housing Agency (the Public Housing Agency with jurisdiction over the area to which the household moves) are found at 24 CFR sections 982.353 through 982.355.


Applicant Family Requests Portability

STEP 1:  Notify Your Housing Agency That You Want to Port to the Orlando Housing Authority
You should notify your Initial Housing Authority (IHA) to let them know you want to move to Orlando, Orange County FL. Your agency is the "Initial Agency" if you plan to port to the Orlando Housing Authority.  The Initial Housing Agency (IHA) must mail the Portability Packet to the following address:

Orlando Housing Authority
Attention: Portability
390 N. Bumby Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
or click here to email it to OHA Portability    

Portability Packets will not be accepted if faxed or hand carried by the participant. It may take approximately 2 to 3 weeks for the Portability Department to receive your paperwork in the office. You must contact the Orlando Housing Authority at 407-895-3300 ext 6012 or 5303 to see if your portability packet has been received. You can also check your status by emailing OHA Portability.

STEP 2:  Portability Intake Process
In order to receive an appointment for your Voucher and Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) Packet, you must complete a Personal Declaration packet and return the packet and required documents to the Orlando Housing Authority, by US Postal mail at 390 N Bumby Avenue, Orlando, FL 32803, by fax at (407) 897-6121, or by email to OHA Portability. EACH PAGE MUST BE COMPLETE. Once you have returned the completed packet and documents listed below, you will be given an appointment to come in and pick up your voucher and RFTA. Please keep in mind this process will not change the expiration date on the voucher issued by your Initial Housing Agency.

STEP 3:  You Must Confirm That Your Port Papers Have Been Received 
Once your portability papers have been received, your Intake packet can be either faxed or emailed. You must completed the packet and return it back to the Orlando Housing Authority at the address above.
 
Intake phone interviews are scheduled after all required documents have been received.

You will be given an appointment for a phone interview after your completed Portability Intake Packet has been received. The appointment date and time will be sent to you by email or fax.

Required documents in order of scheduling:

  1. A person with disabilities may bring someone with them to assist with reading, completing documents and/or understanding the intake process, etc.
  2. If you need a translator or reasonable accommodations, inform the Orlando Housing Authority's Staff at the time when you are given your appointment for interview.
  3. You must attach copies of the following items to your Portability Intake Packet:
    (1) Current valid photo identification for all adults, 18 and over
    (2) Original Birth certificates for everyone in the household
    (3) Original Social Security cards for everyone in the household
    (4) Proof of any and all income sources
    (5) If you claim NO INCOME, you will be required to complete a zero-income budget form
  • All adults 18 years and over listed in the household composition must come to the interview.
  • OHA will not add any family members to your household, you must return back to your Initial Housing Agency to add or change family members.
  • If you have a Reasonable Accommodation, please bring documentation with you. Your Initial Housing Agency must have it documented in your portability packet.  
  • OHA will not accept any birth certificates from Puerto Rico issued before January 1, 2011.

Some documents may be sent by the IHA; i.e. Photo ID for other adults not head of household, birth certificates, social security cards, income, Declaration of Citizenship, etc. If these documents are not sent by the IHA to the Orlando Housing Authority, the participant must provide the original documents. 

The Orlando Housing Authority does not determine the eligibility of the portable household; you have been determined eligible by your Initial Housing Agency. Our responsibility, as the receiving PHA, is to make sure that all documentation, signatures and/or verification required by this Agency and HUD are in the participant's file. Porting families must meet the income guidelines of the Orlando Housing Authority. Click here to view the income limits.

No appointment will be given if your annual income exceeds the income limits of the Orlando Housing Authority.

The Orlando Housing Authority may reject households that have been involved in violent criminal activity within the last five (5) years.   

It is the policy of the Orlando Housing Authority to deny program participation to families who have criminal activities within five (5) years as indicated above. If you or any household member has any arrest and/or violent criminal activities within the last five (5) years, your portability may be denied and your port papers will be returned to your Initial Housing Agency. If you are denied, you have the right to request an informal hearing. However, the clock will continue ticking on your voucher.

STEP 4:  Briefing & Voucher Issuance
Once the interview has been completed and all documents are in your file, the household will receive a briefing. Only the head of household is required to attend the briefing; however, you may bring a language interpreter. A disabled person may bring someone with them to assist with reading and/or understanding the process, etc. If you need a translator or reasonable accommodations, inform the Orlando Housing Authority's Specialist when scheduling your Interview. The Housing Choice Voucher, Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA), and other documents will be issued at the Section 8 Portability Briefing. The bedroom size on your voucher will be changed to the occupancy standards approved by the Orlando Housing Authority Administrative Plan. See the Orlando Housing Authority occupancy standards listed below:

OCCUPANCY STANDARDS
Guidelines For Determining Voucher Size

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 0 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 1
    Maximum Persons in Household: 1

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 1 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 1
    Maximum Persons in Household: 2

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 2 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 2
    Maximum Persons in Household: 4

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 3 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 3
    Maximum Persons in Household: 6

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 4 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 4
    Maximum Persons in Household: 8

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 5 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 6
    Maximum Persons in Household: 10

  • Minimum Voucher Size: 6 Bedroom
    Minimum Persons in Household: 8
    Maximum Persons in Household: 12

The bedroom size of your voucher will be provided at the briefing.

STEP 5:  Inspection of Dwelling Unit
All dwelling units in the Section 8/Housing Choice Voucher Program must meet Housing Quality Standards (HQS). The Orlando Housing Authority must inspect the unit and verify that it meets Housing Quality Standards. Due to a high volume of families porting to the Orlando/Orange County area, HQS inspections can take approximately 7 to 21 business days to be scheduled after you turn in the "Request for Tenancy Approval" packet.

STEP 6:  Payment Standard
HUD publishes the fair market rents (FMR) for each market area in the United States. The PHA must adopt a payment standard schedule that establishes voucher payment standard amounts for each FMR area in the PHA jurisdiction. For each FMR area, the PHA must establish payment standard amounts for each unit size. Unit size is measured by number of bedrooms. For example, zero-bedroom, one-bedroom, etc. The payment standard amounts on the PHA schedule are used to calculate the monthly housing assistance payment for a family.

ORLANDO HOUSING AUTHORITY HAS TWO (2) PAYMENT STANDARDS

  • Bedroom Size: 1
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $1,064
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $1,170

  • Bedroom Size: 2
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $1,248
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $1,373

  • Bedroom Size: 3
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $1,636
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $1,800

  • Bedroom Size: 4
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $1,956
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $1,252

  • Bedroom Size: 5
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $2,249
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $2,615

  • Bedroom Size: 6
    100% OF FMR CONCENTRATED: $2,924
    110% OF FMR NON-CONCENTRATED: $3,216

CONCENTRATED AREAS INCLUDE ALL OF THE ZIP CODE: 32805

ONLY CERTAIN AREAS IN THE FOLLOWING ZIP CODES ARE CONCENTRATED:

  • 32789
  • 32801   
  • 32803
  • 32804   
  • 32806
  • 32807   
  • 32808   
  • 32809
  • 32811
  • 32812
  • 32814
  • 32819
  • 32822
  • 32824   
  • 32835
  • 32839

The payment standard is determined by the size and location, i.e. census tract, of the dwelling unit you select. The appropriate payment standard will be used to calculate the Total Tenant Payment. The payment standard includes the utility allowance. Rent plus utilities cannot exceed the payment standards. For more information on apartments that accepts section 8, you can go to www.forrent.com.

REASONABLE ACCOMMODATIONS
If you currently have a reasonable accommodation, please have your Initial Housing Authority to send supporting documentation in the portability packet. 

NOTE:  
THE ORLANDO HOUSING AUTHORITY IS NOT ABSORBING INCOMING VOUCHERS. ORLANDO HOUSING AUTHORITY WILL BILL YOUR INITIAL HOUSING AGENCY ACCORDING TO REGULATIONS ONCE THE FAMILY HAS BEEN LEASED-UP.

ORLANDO HOUSING AUTHORITY IS A MOVING TO WORK DEMONSTRATION (MTW) AGENCY. THE MINIMUM RENT IS $100.00. FOR ELDERLY AND DISABLED FAMILIES, ALL OTHER SECTION 8/HCV PARTICIPANTS MUST PAY AT LEAST $225.00 TOWARD RENT. NO UTILITY CHECKS ARE ISSUED.

We look forward to serving you, than you for choosing the Orlando Housing Authority.