Portability

Portability

Looking to move with your Voucher (also known as Housing Choice Voucher, Section 8, or Tenant-Based Voucher) into or out of San Bernardino County? Portability is the term used when a family/individual wants to transfer or “port” their housing assistance to an area outside of the jurisdiction of the housing authority that first gave them their voucher. Porting in or out of a jurisdiction is an option for eligible households in order to move throughout the United States.

Porting Into San Bernardino County

Due to COVID-19, HACSB is not currently accepting ports. With the exception of reasonable accommodations, VAWA, and special purpose voucher programs such as VASH and Mainstream.

Below you will find useful information to help in the process to porting into San Bernardino County.

Applying for Portability

Participants interested in porting into San Bernardino County must apply with their initial housing authority. If the participant is eligible to port, the initial housing authority will need to send the following paperwork to HACSB:

  • HUD Form 52665
  • Current HUD Form 50058
  • Copy of the participant’s current voucher
  • Current income verifications

This paperwork can be submitted either by an encrypted email or mailed to the following address:

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

ATTN: Portability Department | 672 S. Waterman Ave. | San Bernardino, CA 92408

Once the participant’s paperwork is received and reviewed, HACSB will mail out an appointment letter, disclosure questionnaire packet, and a request for required documents to the participant interested in porting into San Bernardino County.

For more information, contact us at (909) 890-5337 or email us by clicking below.

Porting Out of San
Bernardino County

Below you will find useful information to help in the process to port out of San Bernardino County.

Eligible HACSB voucher program participants may request to port out of San Bernardino County and use their voucher in another jurisdiction throughout the United States.

Contact your caseworker or submit a Portability Request Form.

The receiving housing authority should submit their billing to:

Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino

ATTN: Portability Billing | 672 S. Waterman Ave. | San Bernardino, CA 92410

Portability Frequently
Asked Questions

What is the process of porting to San Bernardino County?
Participants interested in porting into San Bernardino County must apply with their initial housing authority. If the participant is eligible to port, their housing agency will send their portability documents to HACSB. Upon receipt of the port documents, HACSB will contact the participant to schedule an appointment.

How long does it take to get my voucher from HACSB?
Participants should ensure they allow sufficient time for processing and be mindful of processing delays. HACSB will contact participants upon within two weeks of receipt of their portability documents.

My Housing Agency wants HACSB’s Portability Contact information.
Portability paperwork can be submitted either by encrypted email to Portability@hacsb.com or Mailed to: Housing Authority of the County of San Bernardino | ATTN: Portability Department | 672 S Waterman Ave. | San Bernardino, CA 92408 | You may also reach us by phone: (909) 890-5337 or Fax: (909) 890-5333

My Housing Agency wants to know if HACSB is Billing or Absorbing?
HACSB is currently Billing, except for participants under a special program, such as VASH, Mainstream or FSS.

How much is my voucher worth in San Bernardino County?
HACSB utilizes a Payment Standard Schedule that divides the county into 9 rental submarkets. The payment standard is the maximum amount that an owner may request for a unit. Click here to view.

What is the meaning of an MTW agency?
As a Moving to Work (MTW) agency, HACSB can implement new policies outside the usual scope of HUD policies and regulations. Several of the policy changes affect participants porting into the County. For example, non-elderly non-disabled households would be admitted into a Term-Limited Assistance (TLA) Program. Under the TLA program, participants would be assisted for a maximum of 5 years.

What is the Term-Limited Assistance (TLA) program?
The Term-Limited Assistance (TLA) Program is a five-year program that is coupled with resources and supportive services to enhance economic self-sufficiency. After five years, rental assistance for TLA participants is terminated.

How much will I pay?
Your tenant portion is calculated based on 30% of the household’s total gross monthly income. If that percentage is less than $125, you will pay HACSB’s minimum rent of $125.

How many bedrooms do I qualify for?
HACSB issues voucher sizes based on a two persons per bedroom occupancy standard, regardless of age, gender, or relationship. Voucher sizes are subject to change for participants porting into the County.

Can I choose a unit with more bedrooms than provided on my voucher?
HACSB allows participants to choose a unit that is one size larger than the issued voucher size. If a higher bedroom size is chosen, the participant is responsible for paying the difference between the payment standard of their issued bedroom size and the unit’s rent amount.

How much search time will I have to find a unit in San Bernardino County?
Your search time is determined by your initial housing agency. However, HACSB will extend the participants voucher expiration date by 30 days upon receipt of your portability file.

What if I need additional search time, does HACSB provide extensions?
No, HACSB will not provide additional extensions. Portability participants may request extensions through their initial housing authority. If an extension is granted, the initial housing agency must provide the revised HUD 52665 and HUD 52646 Forms.

Do you provide landlord listings?
HACSB does not provide unit listings. Please refer to local resources, newspapers ads, and websites for available units.

I found a unit, what happens next?
The landlord must submit the Request for Tenancy Approval (RFTA). Once received, the unit will be scheduled for a Housing Quality Standard (HQS) Inspection. The contract takes effect after the unit passes inspection and the family moves into the unit. Please note, participants are responsible for signing their own lease with their landlord.

Can HACSB deny my portability?
Housing assistance is contingent on all adult household members passing a Criminal History Background (CHB) and meeting all income and eligibility criteria. Other reasons for denial include but are not limited to failure to provide requested information, failure to attend scheduled appointments, income exceeds more than 80% of area median income, voucher expiration, or participant’s request to cancel portability.

What happens if my portability is denied?
HACSB will return your portability documents to your initial housing agency.

Can I request a reasonable accommodation?
Yes, you may request a reasonable accommodation at any time. In order to be granted a reasonable accommodation, there must be a disability-related need for the accommodation.