How to Move While Receiving Section 8 Benefits
- Are you thinking about a change of scenery or a job in another city? Review this guide for details about how to move while receiving Section 8 benefits.
Knowing how to move while receiving Section 8 benefits can help you keep your voucher in the new home. These are the most common questions people who have a Section 8 voucher ask about this process.
Can I Move Anywhere in the United States With a Section 8 Voucher?
Under federal law, your Section 8 voucher is good anywhere in the nation. However, you can only relocate and retain your housing benefit if you receive a voucher through the federal Housing Choice Voucher Section 8 program, not if you live in a subsidized Section 8 housing project.
How Do You Move While Receiving Section 8 Benefits?
You can transfer your Section 8 voucher almost anywhere in your state or elsewhere in the United States. To transfer your Section 8 voucher, follow these steps:
- Provide your landlord with notice as required in your lease.
- Make your final rent payment and fulfill any other final obligations, such as cleaning the unit.
- Complete a Portability Release Form with the local housing authority in your current city.
- Select a new single-family, townhouse or apartment rental that meets Section 8 cost, safety and health requirements.
- Contact the housing authority in the city where you plan to move to learn about the process to transfer your Section 8 benefits and receive a voucher for the new rental.
What Is the Most Section 8 Will Pay for Rent?
The answer to this question varies based on your income. Most Section 8 recipients pay 30% to 40% of their monthly income on rent. In other words, if your household earns $2,000 per month, you might have to pay $600 to $800 a month on a suitable rental, and Section 8 will provide a voucher for the remaining amount. You must also prepare to pay the security deposit for the rental you select, since Section 8 does not cover this expense.