As a voucher holder, you have the option to move to a new unit when your lease expires or is expiring within 60 days of your request to move. There are two types of transfers:
- Transfer within NYC. After 10 months of rental, your family is eligible to move to another unit within NYC. Transfer Requests must be made by the Head of Household either online at https://selfserve.nycha.info or by submitting the Voucher Holder Request for Transfer form. To obtain a Voucher Holder Request for Transfer form please visit your nearest walk in center or contact the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771. Below is an overview of the transfer process.
- Portability. Through a process known as "portability," Section 8 voucher holders can use their voucher to live anywhere in the United States and its commonwealths and territories as long as there is a housing agency that operates a Housing Choice Voucher program. Portability requests must be made by the head of household either online at https://selfserve.nycha.info or by submitting the Voucher Holder Request for Portability form. Be sure to complete the entire form, including the name, address, and contact person for the housing agency that you intend to port to. To obtain a Voucher Holder Request for Portability form, please visit your nearest walk in center or contact the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771. Below is an overview of the portability process.
NYCHA will review and prioritize all transfer requests as "emergency" or "non-emergency" based on your reason for transfer. You must provide specific documentation to support an emergency transfer request. The following are considered reasons for emergency transfer:
- Court Action
- Foreclosure Action and Order to Vacate
- Intimidated Victims (IV)
- Intimidated Witnesses (IW)
- Natural Disaster
- Reasonable Accommodation
- 24-Hour Failed HQS Inspection
- Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) victims
What Is VAWA
The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA) protects qualified tenants, participants, and applicants, and affiliated individuals, who are victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking from being denied housing assistance, evicted, or terminated from housing assistance based on acts of such violence against them.
Learn more about the transfer process by visiting NYCHA's Emergency Transfer Policy.
Learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a VAWA victim by viewing the Notice of Occupancy Rights and Responsibilities.
Where Can You Rent
Finding affordable housing in New York City is often difficult. NYCHA is helping to make the search easier by offering a listing of properties available to voucher holders seeking units in the private market. The listing is maintained by GoSection8, the largest rental listing service provider for the Section 8 housing market. If you have any questions about creating or viewing property listings, please contact GoSection8 at 866-466-7328.
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