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Portability of Housing Choice Vouchers

Porting INTO Hendry County

If your housing voucher was issued by a housing authority in another City, or County you may be able to use the voucher to lease an apartment or home in Hendry County. This action is called a “port-in”. NOTE: The Hendry County Housing Authority is currently billing port-ins into the Section 8 Program and not absorbing. 

Steps in the Port-In Process

First, a family must contact the housing agency that issued them their voucher and tell them they would like to port their voucher to Hendry County.

If the family is eligible to move, that housing agency will forward all applicable documents to the Portability Specialist with the Hendry County Section 8 Program (HC Sec 8). The address and contact information for the housing agency is:  

PORTABILITY SPECIALIST
HENDRY COUNTY SECTION 8 PROGRAM
PO BOX 2340
LABELLE, FL 33975

Telephone Number: 863-675-5297
Fax Number: 863-612-0791

Within two weeks of receipt of the portability packet from the initial PHA the HC Sec. 8 Portability specialist will send the family the Application for Continued Occupancy (ACO) packet to be completed and returned for processing.

The HC Sec. 8 Portability Specialist will review the completed ACO, conduct a criminal background check of all adult family members, and determine if the family is eligible to move into Hendry County with their voucher.

Eligible families are then contacted and scheduled to attend a port-in briefing and voucher issuance. Generally, the family should allow for two weeks from the time the (ACO) packet was received.

Porting OUT of Hendry County

Although HC Sec 8 vouchers are intended for use within the county limits, you may be able to utilize your voucher outside of Hendry County; this is called “porting out”. In fact, you may qualify to take your housing voucher to any other housing agency in the country that administers a Housing Choice Voucher program. 

Steps in the Port-Out Process

If the family is an existing Section 8 program participant, they begin the portability process by requesting a Port-Out from their Housing Specialist a minimum of 60 days prior to the expected move out date.

The family must provide to the Hendry County Housing Authority the name and the mailing address of the housing authority that the family intends to move to along with the name of the contact person at the receiving housing agency. The Transfer Request / Port-Out form is avalible on-line and must accompany the request.

The family must provide the landlord 60 days notice in writing and a letter stating the landlord will release the family from the lease signed by the tenant and landlord.  It can be mailed or faxed to the following address: 

PORTABILITY SPECIALIST
HENDRY COUNTY SECTION 8 PROGRAM
PO BOX 2340
LABELLE, FL 33975

Telephone Number: 863-675-5297
Fax Number: 863-612-0791

Or, they may be dropped off for the Portability Specialist at the Hendry County Housing office located at 133 N. Bridge Street LaBelle, Fl 33935.

The Portability Specialist will next schedule a convenient time for the family to sign their voucher.

The voucher transfer documents and a copy of the signed voucher are sent to the contact person at the receiving housing agency.

The family can expect that the transfer documents will be sent to the receiving housing authority within 2 weeks of the initial request to port-out.