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Are you a current HASCO client wanting to port-out (move) to another housing authority’s jurisdiction?

As of May 1, 2019, until further notice, current voucher households moving to a new unit with their existing voucher, including those porting out to another housing authority, can only move to a unit that costs no more than the household’s current unit, including both rent and utilities.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) notified HASCO of a projected shortfall in our voucher funding for 2019. HUD instructed HASCO to limit costs of voucher moves, including port-outs, so that HASCO can avoid terminating anyone from the voucher program due to lack of funding.

Current participants can contact their Housing Specialist for more information.

Please keep in mind that the receiving housing authority will issue you a voucher under its own policies. It would be in your best interest to contact the receiving housing authority to obtain their payment standards and procedures for incoming portability families. In order for you to port-out to another housing authority, here are the steps you must follow:
1. You must inform your assigned housing specialist, in writing, of your request to port-out, where you want to move to, and when you intend to move out of your current unit. You will need to submit a copy of the vacate notice that you provide to your current landlord.
2. Your housing specialist will determine if you are eligible to port out of HASCO’s jurisdiction.
3. If you are eligible to port out, your housing specialist will provide you with a Voluntary Portability release form to complete. The Voluntary Portability release form allows HASCO to send your paperwork to the proper housing authority and gives the receiving housing authority your current contact information.
4.  Once the portability specialist has a completed Voluntary Portability release form and copy of your vacate notice, they will issue your family a Housing Choice Voucher (if one has not already been issued to you).
5. Your portability documentation will be sent to the receiving housing authority within 5-10 business days. Once your portability documentation has been received, it may take the receiving housing authority 2 weeks to process your paperwork. If you have not been contacted by the receiving housing authority, please contact their portability contact to inquire how long you will have to wait before they can assist you in your new unit. It is possible you may have to pay the full rent for up to one month.


 Are you requesting to port to the Housing Authority of Snohomish County (HASCO)?

To port to HASCO, the following steps must be taken:

  1. Contact your current housing authority, where you currently have your housing choice voucher with. They are considered your “initial housing authority.” Your currently assigned housing specialist, at your initial housing authority, will need to determine if you are eligible to port out of their jurisdiction.

HASCO is not absorbing vouchers; we are billing the initial housing authority.

If you are eligible to port, your initial housing authority will issue you a voucher to allow to port and prepare your paperwork for HASCO, the “receiving housing authority.”

  1. Your initial housing authority will need to send your portability documentation to HASCO’s portability specialist by one of the following contact methods:
      • Email: (PREFERRED)
      • Fax: (425)290-5618 (Attention: PORTABILITY)
      • Mail: Housing Authority of Snohomish County

    Attn: Portability
    12711 4th Ave W
    Everett, WA 98204

        1. Within 5-10 business days of your initial housing authority notifying you that your portability documentation has been sent to HASCO, you will be contacted by the HASCO portability specialist regarding a portability briefing.

    If you have not heard from HASCO, regarding your portability status, within 5 business days of when your paperwork was sent, please contact our office.

    Please keep in mind that it can take your initial housing authority 5-10 business days to get your portability documents prepped and sent to the receiving housing authority. It will then take an additional 5-10 business days before your voucher and portability briefing folder will be available for you.

        1. You will meet individually with the HASCO portability specialist for your port in briefing. The portability specialist will contact by phone and/or email to notify you that your portability folder is ready to be picked up.

    When you come into our office, please inform the client services representative that you are a portability client and have been notified to come into the office for a briefing with the portability specialist.

        1. When you meet with the portability specialist, they will give you a voucher issued from HASCO and other necessary paperwork that all adult household members will need to sign. You may bring all adult household members with you to the briefing.

    At the briefing, you will also be provided documents regarding HASCO’s policies, your family obligations, and some helpful information to assist you in your search for housing. The portability specialist will go over all the documents in the portability briefing folder and answer any questions you may have.

    An inspection request may be delayed if you fail to return all required documents, completed and signed by all adult household members, from your portability briefing folder.

    Family Self-Sufficiency (FSS) Program

    HASCO does not participate in the FSS program. If you are porting to our area and you are a current FSS participant, please discuss with your current FSS caseworker on how a portability move will affect your FSS participation.

    Home Ownership Program

    HASCO is not participating in the Home Ownership program. Please contact other housing authorities if this is program that you would like to participate in.

    Payment Standards and Voucher Size

    Payment standards are the maximum amounts family units can be subsidized for. HASCO’s payment standards are based on the number of bedrooms in the unit.

    HASCO determines the appropriate number of bedrooms that a voucher can be issued for under the Housing Authority of Snohomish County’s subsidy standards. Your family will be issued a voucher based on the household composition. The family unit size does not dictate the size of unit the family must lease, nor does it determine who will share a bedroom/sleeping room within a household.

    The portability specialist will not know what bedroom size voucher or what rent amounts you qualify for until HASCO receives your portability documents from your initial housing authority.

    To access our current payment standards, please click here, or click on the “Current Tenants” tab, then select “Rents & Utilities.”

    If you need an interpreter, please call our office and one will be provided free of charge.