Portability allows voucher holders to move into a different housing authority's jursidiction.
You can take your voucher to any other housing authority in the country that administers a Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program. You can find a list of Public Housing Agencies (PHA's) on the HUD website.
*Notice - As of 3/1/2022, we do not allow porting out to other jurisdictions with a higher payment standard unless that housing authority is willing to absorb the voucher. Our current payment standard can be found here: Payment Standard.
The payment standards used to calculate assistance amounts are different at every housing authority. You can find The Housing Authority of Thurston County's standards by clicking here: Payment Standard
The occupancy standards can vary at every housing authority. If you are currently in Thurston County and would like to port your voucher out to another jurisdiction, you will need to contact that housing authority to find out their standards.
If you are trying to port your voucher into Thurston County, you can view our occupancy standards by clicking here: Determining Family Unit Size
If you want to move to Thurston County, you will first need to contact your current housing authority and inform them of your intent to port. They will tell you their steps to do that process.
The Housing Authority of Thurston County generally does not absorb portable vouchers. The only time HATC absorbs is when it is requested by another agency and we have the capacity to do so.