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Portability Procedures

One of the features of the housing choice voucher 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, 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.

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
390 N. Bumby Avenue
Orlando, FL 32803
Attention: Portability

or Email it

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 via e-mail or

Step 2: Appointment for Interview (Held on Mondays by Appointment Only)
You will be given an appointment for an interview when it has been confirmed that your Portability Packet has been received.  The appointment date and time will be confirmed by email or fax.

Required Appointments in order of scheduling:

  1. Interviews are scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Mondays ONLY. A person with disabilities may bring someone with them to assist with reading and/or understanding the process, etc.
  2. If you need a translator or reasonable accommodations, inform the Orlando Housing Authority's Staff when you are given your appointment for interview.
  3. You must bring the following items to your interview:
    (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
  4. All adults 18 years and over listed in the household composition must come to the interview.

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 function, 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.

The Orlando Housing Authority may reject households that have been involved in 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 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.

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

Step 3: 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, and other documents will be issued at the Section 8 Portable 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:


Guidelines For Determining Voucher Size
The bedroom size of your voucher will be provided at the briefing.

0 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 1 person in household, Maximum of 1 person in household.
1 Bedroom voucher - Minimum of 1 persons in household, Maximum of 2 persons in household.
2 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 2 persons in household, Maximum of 4 persons in household.
3 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 3 persons in household, Maximum of 6 persons in household.
4 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 4 persons in household, Maximum of 8 persons in household.
5 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 6 persons in household, Maximum of 10 persons in household.
6 Bedroom Voucher - Minimum of 8 persons in household, Maximum of 12 persons in household.

Voucher Size Minimum Number of Persons in Household Maximum Number of Persons in Household
0 Bedroom 1 1
1 Bedroom 1 2
2 Bedrooms 2 4
3 Bedrooms 3 6
4 Bedrooms 4 8
5 Bedrooms 6 10
6 Bedrooms 8 12

Step 4: 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 5: 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.

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

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