Are you Moving?
This information is for families who want to move their rental
assistance voucher from an area served by one housing agency to one
served by another housing agency.
For example, if you receive a Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher from
the City of San Diego Housing Commission and you want to move
to an area served by the Housing Authority of the County of San
Diego (HACSD), you will need to “port in” to our area.
If You Move Your Rental Assistance Voucher
As of February 3, 2017, we are billing Public Housing Authorities
(PHAs) for new port-in families. The Voucher
Payment Standards of the Housing Authority of The County of San
Diego will apply to all port-in families.
- The paperwork for an incoming transfer (move) can take 45 to
60 days to process after we receive the initial paperwork from your
current housing agency.
- It is important you have a temporary place to stay and the
money to support yourself and your family until your transfer
process is done. Please think about this timing when you plan
- We cannot begin the transfer to our jurisdiction until we
receive a packet of information, called a portability packet, from
your current housing agency.
- Please ask your housing agency to mail or fax the portability
packet to our temporary location:
Housing Authority of the County of San Diego
3989 Ruffin Road
San Diego, CA 92123
Telephone: (858) 694-4801
Fax: (858) 467-9713
Once We Receive Your Portability Packet
Once we receive your portability packet from the other housing
agency, we will send a new packet – called an eligibility packet - for
you to complete. This packet will include:
- Confirmation Letter (informing you we have received the
- Personal Declaration and Questionnaire for Rental
- Eligibility Requirements (Citizenship Status)
Please make sure you answer all the questions in the packet and
then mail it back to us at the address above.
Please include these items in the packet you send back to us:
- Proof of income (pay stubs, award letters for Social Security
benefits, unemployment, child support, CalWorks, etc.)
- Proof of all assets (all pages of current bank statements,
trust funds, life insurance, etc.)
- Birth certificates and social security cards for all household
- Current picture identification for all adults
- Legal immigration documents for all household members (if
This paperwork is very important. You must provide all of this
information before we can transfer your housing voucher.
Remember, the process can take 45 to 60 days after we receive your
packet, so the sooner you give us your information, the sooner we
can finish our paperwork.
Without this information we cannot give you a housing voucher for
your new home.
You could lose your rental assistance voucher if this information
is not provided to us.
After The Paperwork is Received
After the paperwork is received, we will issue a voucher and a
Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA) packet for your next landlord to
- You must return the RFTA before the date your voucher
- We will review the RFTA to verify the unit selected has a
reasonable rent and is affordable.
- After we approve the RFTA, we will schedule an
Rental Assistance Payments to the Landlord
Rental assistance payments to the landlord will begin after the
following requirements are met:
- the unit passes an inspection
- a lease agreement is signed
- the landlord signs a Housing Assistance Payment Contract.
Finding a unit is your responsibility.
For a list of landlords and units willing to participate in the rental
assistance programs, please see: GoSection8.com.
You may also look for units on your own.
Cities We DO NOT Serve
There are five other housing agencies in San Diego County. The HACSD
does not serve the following cities. If you want to move to one of
these cities, please contact them directly:
San Diego Housing Commission, including San Ysidro
Encinitas Housing Authority, including Cardiff
Carlsbad City Housing Authority
Oceanside City Housing Authority
National City Community Development Commission
If you currently receive a housing voucher from the Housing
Authority of the County of San Diego and you want to move (port-out)
to another area, you will need to contact the housing authority for
the area where you want to live. This link may help you find their
contact information: Portal.HUD.gov
If you want to move out of our area jurisdiction, you need to
contact your housing specialist in our office.
TDD: (800) 735-2929
Toll Free: (877) 478-5478
Before You Begin the Port Out Process
Before you begin this process, you may also want to contact the
other housing authority to find out about their process, how long you
may wait, and about their income limits, payment standards,
availability of rental units, average rents and other information that
may affect your benefits.
- If you are a new voucher holder, the other housing authority’s
income limits apply and you may not be eligible for assistance at
Do not let your voucher expire. You cannot receive assistance
once your voucher expires.
- Your new housing authority may have different policies and
- You may not receive assistance for the same number of bedrooms
in your new area. The voucher size will be based on the new housing
You may not move with your voucher if you owe money to
- If you decide to move, we recommend you give a 60-day notice
to your current landlord and to us to allow time for processing your