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vash - what is portability?

Portability allows a Veteran to live outside of the jurisdiction of the PHA where the vouchers were allocated.

The HUD-VASH vouchers are portable within certain limits. As noted above, veterans in the HUD-VASH program must have VA HUD-VASH case managers and must participate in the case management program. This means that a Veteran must live within a reasonable traveling distance to the facility where the case manager is located without causing significant travel burden. A Veteran may choose to live in a suburb or small town outside of the immediate area where the VA facility is located, and portability allows this to occur.

Vouchers are portable from the beginning – unlike many Section 8 vouchers where you must reside in an area for a year or more, these vouchers may be ported at the beginning to allow the Veteran the flexibility to choose a suitable community.

For Veterans who wish to port outside of their VA’s service area, where the original VA case manager would not be able to provide case management, the Veteran must work with the HUD-VASH case manager to determine if it is possible to enter into the HUD-VASH program at the VA that serves the area where the Veteran chooses to live. That VA where the Veteran wishes to live to must have 1. An open or vacant voucher for the veteran to use, and 2. the ability to provide the case management services required. The HUD-VASH programs must work together to plan and arrange the move and the Veteran must have the resources to move this distance.