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Moving Out of San Diego

Moving out of the San Diego Housing Commission’s (SDHC) jurisdiction, which is the City of San Diego, with Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher rental assistance is known as “porting out.”

Households that SDHC identifies as able to work (Work-Able) may only move with their rental assistance to an area outside of SDHC’s jurisdiction if they request and receive an exception, such as:

  • Employment opportunities;
  • Post-secondary education;
  • Safety reasons;
  • A medical/disability need; or
  • Other exceptions determined on a case-by-case basis.

Effective July 1, 2024:

A household is Work-Able if at least one adult is under 62, not disabled, and not a full-time student ages 18-23.

This policy will not affect Elderly/Disabled households, in which all adult family members are disabled, 62 years or older, and/or a fulltime student ages 18 to 23.

There will be no change to households currently established as “elderly”, with members aged 55 to 61 years old. These families will keep the elderly/disabled distinction and be grandfathered into the new policy.

To qualify to move with your voucher, either within the City of San Diego, or outside of SDHC’s jurisdiction:

  • You must have been a rental assistance participant for at least 12 months
  • You cannot have moved within that 12-month period
  • You must not be in violation of any program rules
  • You must not have any outstanding payments owed to SDHC

For a printable version of the following Step-by-Step Guide, CLICK HERE

Step 1 - Start the Port-out process

Make sure that the new city or county you want to move to is covered by a Housing Choice Voucher Program.

Visit the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) website for a list of Public Housing Agencies – CLICK HERE, or call HUD toll-free at 1-800-955-2232.


Step 2 - Complete the Port-out Request form

Contact your SDHC Housing Assistant for additional information and to receive a Port-out Request Form, which you must complete and return to SDHC.


Step 3 - Port-Out Approval

- If your move is approved, your Housing Assistant will send you a rental housing voucher to sign, date and return to SDHC.

- You must also provide SDHC with a copy of the Notice to Move form you submitted to your landlord.

- You will receive confirmation when SDHC sends your documents to the new Housing Agency.

Step 4 - The New Housing Agency  

- Your new Housing Agency will provide you with all necessary documents and forms to complete and return to finalize the transfer of your rental housing voucher.

- You are encouraged to contact the new Housing Agency for questions related to their policies and procedures, including any inquiries related to the moving process

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