Portability

Portability is the term used to describe Section 8 participants who move into or out of the Oakland Housing Authority jurisdiction using their Housing Choice Voucher (HCV). If, after one year, a resident would like to move to or from Oakland using their HCV, they may do so provided they identify another Housing Authority (anywhere in the United States) that will accept their voucher and will agree to the terms set forth by the OHA contract. 

Porting into Oakland

Follow these directions to initiate the Port-In process:

  • ​​Contact your current/Initial Housing Authority to determine if you are eligible to port or transfer.
  • Request that your Initial Housing Authority prepare your portability packet.
  • Portability packets are accepted via: 
Encrypted email to LHEligibility@oakha.org​ 
Fax: 510-587-2169
Mail: Oakland Housing Authority 
​ATTN: Initial Eligibility, Portability 1540 Webster St Oakland CA 94612

Call (510)587-2100 to find out if we have received your packet.


Give OHA all the necessary paperwork: If any of the following items are missing from your portability packet you may be asked to provide them to OHA before we can complete your transfer:

  • Valid, government-issued identification (i.e. driver's license)
  • Birth Certificates for everyone in your household
  • Social Security cards for everyone in your household
  • Income verification for everyone in your household
  • A copy of the 30-day notice you gave your landlord (if you were renting through Section 8 with another Housing Authority)

Remember you have an obligation to provide all necessary paperwork to the Oakland Housing Authority. Learn more about your Participant Obligations​​.


NOTE: If you are a new Section 8 tenant (this is your first Voucher) your income must be below OH​A's Income Limits​Housing Authorities often have different Income Limits, Payment Standards and Subsidy Standards (the number of bedrooms you qualify for). Always verify this information when you move to a new Housing Authority.

 


Porting Out of Oakland

​Below are instructions for how to initiate the Porting process to a jurisdiction outside of Oakland using your HCV

Current Section 8 Participants:

  • Make sure you are eligible to port out of Oakland. Look at your Voucher, if it says "Ineligible to Port" you cannot move outside of Oakland until the end of your first year.
  • Contact your Housing Representative to let him/her know you want to port out of Oakland. If you do not know who your Representative is, please call (510)587-2100 to find out.
  • OHA no longer processes outgoing portability to Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Solano Counties unless that Housing Authority is absorbing.  Click for a list of all cities within these counties (use the same link as that’s in the green box above). It is your responsibility to contact the Housing Authority in which you are interested in porting to, to inquire if they are absorbing.
  • If you are chosen Housing Authority is absorbing, fill out the Request for Portability​ form and email it to ohaspecialprograms@oakha.org
  • Your portability packet will be ready in approximately 20 business days.
  • We will notify you when your portability packet has been sent to your chosen Housing Authority.


NOTE: Housing Authorities often have different Income Limits, Payment Standards and Subsidy Standards (the number of bedrooms you qualify for). Always verify this information when you move to a new Housing Authority.​​​​​​​​

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