If you already have a Section 8 Voucher, you may be eligible to transfer it to Vancouver Housing Authority (VHA). This process is called porting. If you are interested in porting to VHA, please contact your current housing authority.
What you need to know
Below is some information you and/or your current housing authority may need to know before you decide to port.
- Vancouver Housing Authority bills all ports
- Our PHA code is WA008
Your housing authority should send your port paperwork to:
Vancouver Housing Authority
2500 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660
Our Payments Standards
As of October 2016, our payment standards are:
Moving to Work
VHA is a Moving to Work housing authority. This means we may have different rules than your current housing authority. One difference you should be aware of is that we count a minimum income for all work-able household members regardless of actual income. A work-able household member is anyone who is over 18 and under 65, not a dependent, not disabled and not the full-time caregiver of a disabled person in the household.
VHA occupancy standards allow a voucher for the head of household and their spouse or co-head, and one bedroom for every additional two family members, regardless of age or gender. For instance, a family with two parents, one daughter and one son would receive a two-bedroom voucher. You may rent a unit larger than your voucher if your income is high enough to pay the difference. Your share of the rent may not exceed 50% of your income. Although once we calculate your income you may be able to pay more, if you want to be certain your unit is affordable the rent should be no more than:
1 bedroom voucher = $917 rent
2 bedroom voucher = $1077 rent
3 bedroom voucher = $1594 rent
4 bedroom voucher = $1798 rent
The rental market in our area is very competitive. This means that there are few inexpensive units and landlords are less willing to consider applicants with poor rental histories. We recommend you look at craigslist.com or gosection8.com to see what is available in your price range before making the decision to relocate to Vancouver.
It will take one to six weeks after we receive your paperwork to complete your move. The length of time depends on whether your household composition or income has changed since your last review, how quickly you respond to requests for information, whether the unit you choose is affordable to you, and whether the unit passes inspection the first time. We will issue you a voucher that expires 30 days after the expiration date on the voucher provided to you by your original housing authority. Please make certain you have enough time to complete the process before your voucher expires. It is not possible to complete the port process without coming to Vancouver.