If you currently have a Housing Choice (Section 8) Voucher in another city or another state and you are planning to move to Charlotte, NC, here is what you need to know about bringing your rental subsidy with you, a process known as “porting” your voucher.
Effective January 1, 2018, INLIVIAN implemented a mandatory work requirement. All non-elderly/non-disabled households will be expected to work 20 hours per week. Families porting to INLIVIAN must be employed within the Charlotte Mecklenburg area, or must provide a job offer letter from a prospective employer prior to porting into INLIVIAN’s program.
Steps to Portability / Voucher Transfer
Effective January 1, 2018, INLIVIAN implemented a mandatory work requirement. All non-elderly/non-disabled households will be expected to work 20 hours per week. Families porting to INLIVIAN must be employed within the Charlotte Mecklenburg area or must provide a job offer letter from a prospective employer prior to porting into INLIVIAN’s program.
If the above criteria is met or is elderly or disabled, notification must first be provided to the caseworker at your current housing authority, they will determine eligibility to port. If you are eligible, the current housing authority must email the voucher holder’s portability packet to INLIVIAN at firstname.lastname@example.org. DO NOT bring paperwork to the INLIVIAN Office.
Once the paperwork is received, you will be assigned to a Specialist who will contact you to provide information to move forward with the port in process. This information is also available on a telephone hotline at (704) 336-8271.
Once all required paperwork is received from the family and is completed and approved, you will be scheduled for a Good Neighbor Training (voucher briefing).
After the scheduled Good Neighbor Training, our staff member will review INLIVIAN procedures and give the adjusted voucher amount and welcome packet. Voucher amounts may vary from city to city depending on market prices.
Once you pass all the background checks you can begin your housing search.
When you find housing, please turn in your completed housing packet (RFTA) and search log. Your new landlord will also have to complete the RFTA so our Specialist can make sure you are income eligible.
If you are income eligible, the Inspections Department will compare your preferred housing to 3 unassisted units within a 2 mile radius.
A physical inspection of the property is scheduled to make sure it will pass our housing quality standards.
If your housing passes this inspection, your Specialist will notify you and the landlord a lease can be executed, so you can move in.
You can also call our Portability Hotline: 704.336.8271
At present, INLIVIAN is not absorbing incoming portable families; your housing authority will be billed for any assistance paid on your behalf. This means that although you will be residing in our jurisdiction, your current housing authority will still be responsible for your subsidy payments.