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 New York City: After 10 months of rental, your family is eligible to move to another unit within New York City. The easiest way to request a transfer is via the Self-Service Portal, which can be accessed through your computer, smartphone, tablet, or other internet-enabled device. You may also obtain a Voucher Holder Request for Transfer form by calling the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771. Below is an overview of the transfer process:

    Submit Transfer Request
    NYCHA reviews the transfer request.
    Search for a Unit
    Go to the NYCHA Self Service Portal to pick up your approved voucher.
    Vouchers are active for 120 days after issuance, unless NYCHA grants an extension.
    Return the Briefing Package
    Complete your Briefing Package on the NYCHA Self Service Portal or return the briefing package to your nearest NYCHA Walk-In -Center.
    NYCHA Inspects the Unit
    Once NYCHA approves the Briefing Package, the owner must call the Customer Contact Center to schedule an inspection of the unit.
    Move In
    If the unit passes inspection, NYCHA will issue a move-in letter authorizing you to move into your new unit.

Portability: You can use your voucher to live anywhere in the United States and its commonwealths and territories, if there is a housing agency that operates a Housing Choice Voucher program. This process is known as “portability.” Portability requests must be made by the head of household. The easiest way to make a portability request is on the Self-Service Portal using a smartphone, computer, tablet, or other internet-enabled device. You may also submit the Voucher Holder Request for Portability form, which can be obtained by calling the Customer Contact Center at (718) 707-7771. Be sure to complete the entire form, including the name, address, and contact person for the housing agency that you intend to port to.  Below is an overview of the portability process:

Submit Port-out Transfer Request
NYCHA reviews your port-out transfer request.
Upon approval you will be issued a portability voucher valid for 120 days.
NYCHA Sends Portability Request
NYCHA will forward your port-out transfer request to the public housing authority (PHA) you chose.
NYCHA will provide you with the contact information for the receiving PHA.
Search for a Unit
The receiving PHA will issue a voucher so you can start searching for an apartment within the location of the new PHA.
You must find a new unit within the term specified on the receiving PHA's voucher.
Move In
The receiving PHA will notify you of your move-in date.
When you receive approval to move in, you must notify NYCHA.

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 and your rights and responsibilities as a VAWA victim by reading the Section 8 VAWA Transfers Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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, 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 at 866-466-7328.

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