What is Portability?

"Portability" in the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program refers to the process through which your family can transfer or "port" your rental subsidy when you move to a location outside the jurisdiction of the public housing agency (PHA) that first gave you the voucher when you were selected for the program (the initial PHA). The agency that will administer your assistance in the area to which you are renewing is called the "receiving PHA".

How do I know if I am eligible for Portability?

Porting Outside of THDA’s Jurisdiction (Move Out) : To port out from THDA, the participant should contact their Rental Assistance Specialist for eligibility and instructions.

How to Port to THDA

The household will need to communicate with their current Public Housing Agency (PHA) where they have their voucher. Any instructions and questions about Portability or how to port to the THDA should first be made with the household's current PHA. Once THDA receives the Portability Voucher/Packet from the current Housing Agency, an appointment will be emailed to household for a Portability Briefing Appointment with THDA. The portability briefing will be conducted by phone conference. The purpose of this appointment is for the household to learn about the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (THDA) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and your household’s responsibilities and obligations under the Program. All adult household members are required to attend and sign any HUD and THDA required paperwork.

The household should request the current PHA to forward current contact information including the household's email address, mailing address and phone number with the packet to avoid delay in receiving an appointment notice. THDA will also need to know what county the household is interested in porting to. THDA’s primary form of communication is email, therefore an email address is required.

THDA Portability Contact Information by region


Portability Appointments (port-ins only)

Once THDA receives a Portability Voucher/Packet from a household's current Housing Agency, an email will be sent to the household for a Portability Briefing Appointment with THDA. The Portability Briefing will be conducted via phone conference. The purpose of this appointment is for the household to learn about the Tennessee Housing Development Agency’s (THDA) Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) Program and the household’s responsibilities and obligations under the Program. All adult household members are required to sign any HUD and THDA required paperwork.

For more information, see the HCV Information Booklet